BPL news August 14, 2013

Darren Stevens being investigated by ACSU

Darren Stevens has been charged with failing to report a corrupt approach as part of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) investigation into events during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.

Stevens, the 37-year-old Kent allrounder, has not been charged with any corrupt activity itself and is therefore free to continue playing. Stevens is one of nine individuals charged with various offences; seven for fixing and two for not reporting approaches.

In a statement, Stevens said: "I confirm that I have been charged by the ICC with a failure to report a corrupt approach made to me during BPL2 in February this year. I have not been involved in any corrupt activity and have not been charged with any and I am cooperating with the ICC and ACSU in their investigation and prosecution of the corruption charges in matters relating to the BPL.

"I am totally against any corruption in cricket and would never do anything other than perform to the best of my ability in any game. ICC have not suspended me from playing and I remain willing and able to play for Kent in all fixtures if selected. As the charge against me is now the subject of disciplinary proceedings I can make no further comment with regard to them at this stage."

The charges, which followed an investigation carried out by the 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 news will raise more questions about the viability of the BPL. Many players are still awaiting payment for their involvement in the 2013 season.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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