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No regrets about confessing - Ashraful

Mohammad Isam

June 18, 2014

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Mohammad Ashraful at a media interaction in Dhaka, June 4, 2013
Mohammad Ashraful: "I knew that I would be punished from the moment I confessed." © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Mohammad Ashraful has said he wanted a clean break from his involvement in fixing, which was why he confessed his wrongdoings to the ACSU in 2013. Ashraful was banned for eight years for his role in fixing during the 2013 BPL, and his only gripe was with the length of his penalty, which he felt could have been shorter.

Ashraful's ban includes a three-year suspended sentence, which could reduce his punishment to five years if he completes authorised anti-corruption education programmes under the BCB, ICC or Asian Cricket Council. He said he did not regret confessing to the ACSU, though the BPL corruption tribunal had said in its detailed verdict that the investigation was flawed.

"I don't have any regret confessing what I did," Ashraful told ESPNcricinfo. "I knew that I would be punished from the moment I confessed. The only thing that could have happened was probably a lesser punishment. Maybe they could have cut down a year or two. Or they could have given me a chance to play domestic cricket. Otherwise it becomes hard to survive without playing cricket.

"I just wanted to come out clean the next time I play cricket. I didn't think about whether they [the ACSU] did a good or a bad job. I just wanted to come out with it."

Ashraful has been in good spirits after the initial shock following the BCB suspending him in June last year, and played unauthorised matches in Dhaka and the USA. He said he would consult his lawyers about when to file an appeal, which has to be done within 21 days of the sentencing.

"I am positive that I can come back to cricket after five years. I have already served one year," Ashraful said of his ban, which was backdated to the beginning of his suspension. "I will be appealing after I receive the full judgment, having consulted my legal representatives."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by   on (June 24, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

This is not justice...they could have been make the punishment bit less...now where is the value of confessing yours evil things and beg pardon to your beloved one...this man have had achieved almost everything single hand..and so unfortunate that Bangladeshis are so ungrateful. feeling shame as a Bangladeshi. :(

Sorry Mouhammad Ashraful..will wait for you,, and i know you will come back.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

One of the most overrated players ever (along with Andre Russel). Pathetic average. I am actually surprised that Bangladesh cricket board has been so stupid to have played him since so long.

Posted by Dilmah82 on (June 19, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

The only way to stop this is to ban players for life...otherwise they will do the crime, confess, and hope they can come back soon. The fact the admitted or confessed should not be considered. They have ample warnings and education about fixing, like many athletes do with drugs in sport...there should be no excuses or exceptions. This is the only way to start solving this issue. Sad but banned for life is the way to go!

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (June 19, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

everyone deserves a 2nd chance. more so the ones who feel guilty and confess early when caught.

i hope you guys will say the same thing when Mohammad Amir from pakistan returns to cricket !

Posted by cricket0580 on (June 19, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

really good on him to come out clean by making a confession. I believe this was the opportunity for ICC and/or BCB to consider the confession and perhaps give a lesser punishment. ICC needs to encourage the players who have been involved in match fixing to come out clean and in turn handling them lesser punishments. Otherwise just imagine how many resources are spend in investigation and still getting inconclusive results. This move sends a signal to cricketers who are involved in match fixing to hide and never confess honestly that they have been involved in match fixing. The repercussions are harsh. I believe there has to be a price for honesty. Thats the most difficult thing to do. Well done Ash and hope life treats you well.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

Did the crime, confessed and is being punished.

If he does the required time away from cricket why should he not be allowed back ? Congrats on being brave enough to admit your wrong doing Mohammed Ashraful, I hope to see you playing at the highest level again after you have served your time.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2014, 0:19 GMT)

he admitted and he should get less punishment

Posted by BellCurve on (June 18, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

The worst player ever to get 50 Test caps by a very long distance.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

He'll probably be too old to play internationals after 8 years. And even if he does play, his every move will be heavily scrutinised, and will probably not have many fans or supporters.

Posted by nainil0683 on (June 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

Absolutely deserving. Hope he never gets to play gain.

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