Bangladesh news August 13, 2013

Nine charged for corruption in BPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nine individuals have been charged with various offences allegedly committed in violation of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's anti-corruption code during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League, the ICC and the BCB announced on Tuesday. The charges, which followed an investigation carried out by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), relate to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing during the tournament, as well as failures by individuals to report approaches made to them to be involved in the conspiracy.

The identities of the nine individuals charged will not be disclosed until the conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings.

Of the nine, seven have been charged for fixing-related offences, while the remaining two have been charged for failing to report corrupt approaches. Those facing the more serious fixing-related charges have been provisionally suspended and have been immediately barred from participating in all cricket activities organised or recognised by the BCB, the ICC or of the ICC's member associations, till the disciplinary proceedings brought against them are resolved.

Those who plead guilty or who deny the charges but are later found guilty by an anti-corruption tribunal, which will be put together by the Bangladesh board, would be subject to the sanctions under article 6 of the BCB's anti-corruption code, which includes a suspension of: (a) between five years up to a lifetime for the fixing offences, and (b) between one to five years for any failure to report a corrupt approach.

Those charged now have 14 days to indicate whether they wish to plead guilty or to defend themselves in a full hearing, which would take place before the anti-corruption tribunal.

"Considering the limited resources available to the ACSU and the limitations that apply to its ability to uncover sufficient evidence to disrupt conspiracies of this kind, I am pleased that this investigation has led us to this outcome," ICC chief Dave Richardson said.

"While we have charged some individuals with failing to report corrupt approaches that were made to them, it is important to stress that this investigation has also been built upon, among other things, evidence gathered from other individuals who not only rejected corrupt approaches made to them, but then did what they were supposed to do, and reported them to the ACSU."

The BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, said that those found guilty will be dealt with severely. "The BCB is committed to doing everything possible to defend it [Bangladesh cricket] against the very small group of people who are willing to compromise the values of the overwhelming majority for personal greed and, in so doing, bring disgrace upon themselves and their associates, as well as tarnishing the image of the game," he said.

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  • Nasser Anzum on August 14, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Many sympathetic fans in Bangladesh are seeking for lesser punishments to be applied on Ashraful as he has confessed and helped in the investigation. But this is the first time cases of corruption in cricket has come to light in Bangladesh and an exemplary punishment is a must. And if it is otherwise, then there will go a ill message to the youngsters that doing such things is worth a risk and if caught then just confess and get less penalty !! I'm a fan of the talented,though inconsistent, batsman Ashraful but I'm sorry, you have not only cheated with cricket, but also betrayed with the country and it's people.You may get away with less penalty for BPL corruption but for Intl. Cricket, you should get no mercy . How could you do that wearing a Bangladesh Jersey ?? You need to have bigger punishment.

  • adeel on August 13, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    @Mahi Chowdhury - a very very valid point. why ACSU does not knock IPL door to investigate further?

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    People might say if Ashraful gets a lesser punishment then other cricketers will follow his criminal path. But, if he is severely punished, then no one will accept their fault and make long stories like Butt, Asif and Aamir

  • Hugh on August 13, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    While I don't like to see players banned and careers ended for ever because of an error of judgement, if the punishment isn't tough some players will continue to take a risk. Mohammed Ashraful was quoted as suggesting that he might get 3 years and still be able to come back - so if that happened a lot of other players around the world might think only a 3 year ban is worth risking

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    i fully agree with Bilal _choudry.Why the secrecy.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    The punishment should be as per law but BCB should take steps to manage the opportunity to the guilty cricketer to defend themselves.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    I agree. Why not do the same thing with IPL? Why only BPL? They should do the same with all the Premier Leagues.

  • ovi on August 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    It is hard to see the role models are corrupted. But the guilty should be punished to stop the corruption.

  • Farhan on August 13, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    9 :O. Thats a big number to be honest. Its a shame that it happened and I hope BCB takes strong action against these culprits. Cant wait to see the names

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Can the same process be applied with corruption in IPL?

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