Bangladesh news February 25, 2014

BPL corruption verdict on February 26

ESPNcricinfo staff

The tribunal appointed to investigate allegations of match and spot-fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League will deliver its short judgment to the nine accused from February 26. The sanctions will be announced according to article six of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's anti-corruption code.

On February 27, the reasons for the sanctions will be read to the accused, and lawyers from both sides will be present on both days.

The full hearing into the allegations had begun on January 19 and since then eight of the nine people charged had appeared before the three-man tribunal in Dhaka. Seven out of the nine were charged with match and spot-fixing, while two were charged for failing to report a corrupt approach.

Kent allrounder Darren Stevens, who played in the BPL, had confirmed the ICC had charged him for not reporting an approach, while Mosharraf Hossain and Mahbubul Alam also admitted they were under investigation.

The allegations came to light in May 2013, when BCB president Nazmul Hassan confirmed that a Bangladesh player had been questioned by the ICC. Ashraful was the first to admit of his involvement in corruption in June and that was followed by formal charges against nine individuals, including six Dhaka Gladiators' players.