Bangladesh news August 15, 2013

Mosharraf and Mahbubul among nine accused

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain and fast bowler Mahbubul Alam have confirmed that they are among the nine individuals accused by the ICC after ACSU's investigation on alleged corruption during this season's BPL. Mahbubul met BCB officials in Mirpur on Wednesday after which he spoke to the media, while Mosharraf is in the UK, playing league cricket.

Their confirmation follows those of Dhaka Gladiators team-mates Mohammad Ashraful and Kent allrounder Darren Stevens, although the ICC has declined to name any of the nine individuals.

"I have been given the charge letter," Mosharraf told ESPNcricinfo on Thursday. "I have met the ACSU twice in Dhaka as part of their investigation. But the matches they have mentioned, the scorecard says I have done well. How can I do well and be involved in such a thing? Someone must have made me a scapegoat."

On Wednesday, Mahbubul issued a similar statement, claiming his innocence. "I received a charge letter," Mahbubul said. "I have been accused of fixing the matches that the Dhaka Gladiators played against Barisal Burners and Chittagong Kings. They, however, didn't say as to what my exact offence was. The ACSU met me three times, but they only asked me what I did.

"I am completely innocent. I haven't done anything wrong. I am going to appoint a lawyer for the forthcoming legal battle as soon as possible." Mahbubul, who last played for Bangladesh in 2009, featured in three matches for Dhaka Gladiators this season.

In his first match against Chittagong Kings, he gave away 26 in two overs, which included a nine-ball second over. In his next match, against Khulna Royal Bengals, Mahbubul conceded 21 in his only over, while in the third, against Barisal Burners, he didn't bowl and only scored 6.

Mosharraf took 17 wickets in the tournament, and was Man-of-the-Match in the BPL final.

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

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  • Yasiru on August 17, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    it is a great shame for Bngladeshi cricket.... I wonder how long will cricket prevail in a country like this where players betray the respect of cricket to earn money..

  • Abdus on August 16, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I think its conspiracy against the gladiators. Something fishy going on. Not good for the gladiators not good for the cricket...don't forget they are 2 times champ of the first two additions of BPL... i would also like to remind ICC they are one of the strongest team in Club cricket level and they deserve to play in the champions league....

  • John on August 15, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I knw Amir bowled well in that match but was still involved in SPOT FIXING,meaning no harm done to Pakistan in terms of losing it. But Mosharrof n Mahbubul is accused of Match Fixing, so they had to perform badly, but in contrast their performance was preety good(especialy Mosharrof's. So that doesn't mean they were involved in match fixing...

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Mohammad Amir was in the middle of the spell of his life where he took 6 English wickets. Still that didn't stop him from cheating so I don't really buy someone saying that since he played well, that warrants him for not cheating. I hope both these players are given a fair opportunity to defend themselves and hopefully justice will prevail.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Do a life ban if anyone proved that he is done corruption in cricket

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