Bangladesh news June 8, 2013

Team-mates praise Ashraful for admitting guilt


Mohammad Ashraful has continued to be the subject of discussion at all levels of the public sphere in Bangladesh over the last four days. Some of his national team-mates have also weighed in, expressing their surprise at his admission of involvement in match-fixing and spot-fixing during the BPL.

Shakib Al Hasan said he had also heard questions about February's BPL match between Dhaka Gladiators and Chittagong Kings, but wasn't around the players' dugout long enough to understand the situation.

"After the match everyone was talking about it. The opposition players were asking us, 'so you've thrown the game?' Shakib told the Dhaka-based Prothom Alo. "They were asking questions about Dhaka's slow batting and the big no-ball (by Gladiators' Mahbubul Alam).

"I was not present in the dugout for too long. I was working on my injury inside the dressing room. Since I didn't play that game, I can't be sure how difficult the wicket was for batting."

Shahriar Nafees, a student of the same cricket academy where Ashraful began his career, lauded his courage to speak the truth, but wanted just punishment for the guilty. "This is a sad chapter in Bangladesh cricket." Nafees said. "I have to compliment his courage to come out and confess. I am feeling bad for him, but if he has committed the crime, he has to be punished appropriately."

Mushfiqur Rahim, Ashraful's Bangladesh captain for the last two years, sent him a text message that said: 'Allah will be looking after you for being able to gather the courage to confess your guilt before you die. Thanks for the honesty you have shown and I hope you will again return to the cricket field.'

Other team-mates like Enamul Haque jnr and Alok Kapali also spoke out. "I was totally shocked when I read about it in the newspaper," said Enamul, now playing for Wolverhampton in the Birmingham Cricket League. "It seemed like someone close to you was going far away as I heard his confession."

Kapali, who was among 13 Bangladeshi cricketers who left for the Indian Cricket League in 2008 and was ostracised as a result, had a different message for Ashraful. "I am feeling bad for him but I don't think we need so much money in our life that we need to get involved in fixing." Kapali said. "Look at Shakib, he is playing the world over. If you play well, money will follow you."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Courage? Why is this man being potrayed as a hero when all he did was bring the game into such utter disrepute? Ban BPL, IPL and all the tainted cricketers for life. That alone will solve the malaise.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I hope he gets banned like Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. ICC needs to come up with a Lifetime-Ban policy for those players. I don't care whether he confessed or not. He should get a healthy ban. I hope the same happens to the IPL players.

  • om on June 11, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Guys, Its not like he got away with it (the atch fixing episode) and suddenly had an epiphany and choose to let it all be known to general public. He confessed in an investigating room. So what is this fuss about being appreciated for CONFESSION.

  • Satish Chandar on June 10, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    There is one thing for which Ashraful need to be praised.. Had he not come outside and confessed, they would have poached more and more players and tainted the game even further.. Plus, the players will gain more knowledge on how to tackle the bookies and save themselves from attraction of money.. Kudos Ash for that single thing.. Though your crime should be punished hard..

  • Hasib on June 9, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Let there be no more BPL. It has brought nothing but embarrassment to the whole nation. Bangladesh is not ready to organize anything on its own.

  • Nilantha on June 9, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    What a HUGE waste of talent..easily the best cricketer Bangladesh have produced IMHO. Is it me, or isn't representing your country, the biggest honour you can have?why tarnish that?..

  • ramachandra on June 9, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Admitting that your wrong doing after getting caught red handed is no heroism. Its slightly better than not accepting the mistake even after its proved. Thats it.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    If he confessed before he was caught, I could understand. Bu confessing when you are caught isnt a valiant thing. Then every criminal will start doing this, as soon as you get caght, confess and get praised for your bravery and integrity.

  • Benazir on June 9, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    I can remember the first time I saw him playing in a club match just before he arrived in international arena. I was bamboozled by his batting. He was just 16/17 years old, but he was hitting the ball like no other Bangladeshi batsmen ever did in my opinion. He scored 92 and remained not out. I never stopped following him since then. My understanding about him on the fixing incidents is that he never could have done this on his own; there must be someone from the senior players who encouraged or helped him to fall in this trap like Muhammed Amir who had seniors like Butt and Asif. Ashraful is really a simple guy and he can be fooled easily. I hope he doesn't get banned for more than 5 years, two years would be great. And BCB should make sure that his associates get heavy punishment.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    A mistake has been done & the best way it can be corrected is letting the player repent on his wrong doings, we don't want to put him under immense pressure anymore, let Ashraful realize what he has done, hopefully he can't take back those wrong doings. Everyone is feeling so sad & angry about u Mr Ashraful, hope u will do good for the BCB some way but not by playing cz u've been suspended. This is a good lesson for all the International Players as well.

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