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Ashraful files appeal against ban

Mohammad Isam

July 22, 2014

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Mohammad Ashraful at a media interaction in Dhaka, June 4, 2013
Mohammad Ashraful: "I want to return to cricket before my eight-year ban is up." © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Mohammad Ashraful has appealed to reduce the eight-year ban slapped on him by the BPL anti-corruption tribunal for his involvement in match and spot-fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League. Shihab Chowdhury, the Dhaka Gladiators managing director who was banned for 10 years, has also made the plea, sent to retired justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, the BCB's disciplinary panel chief.

"My lawyer has sent the appeal papers to the disciplinary committee's chief," Ashraful said. "I want to return to cricket before my eight-year ban is up. That's why I have made the appeal."

According to the BCB's anti-corruption code, Ashraful and Shihab have made national level appeals, and if they fail to convince the disciplinary panel chief, they can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The ICC and BCB too will have to send in their appeal by July 22, the last day of filing appeals. The game's governing body was left "disappointed" by the tribunal's ruling, saying that compelling evidence of corruption by a number of individuals had not been taken into account properly.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by fr600 on (July 25, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

Atleast he showed honesty and never questioned his punishment.

Posted by anver777 on (July 23, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

BCB would reconsider this & reduce his punishment....... as eight year ban is quiet harsh, & when he returns he will be in his mid thirties & almost latter stage of his career !!!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

He deserve less punishment. I hope that bcb will reconsider his punishment. If not then what is the difference between a liar and a man who confessed the truth n helped icc to find out the truth. We all want Ashraful back in cricket after a short time punishment

Posted by Keithnkin on (July 22, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

Why is this even a news? Ashraful is history. His time has passed. Move on to better things.

Posted by CricketChat on (July 22, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Reduce ban on what basis? May be, fans will pity and forgive in course of time.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

very truely said. never undermind the poor

Posted by   on (July 22, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

To get started with, cricket is all for happiness. After sometime you feel that you're good enough to be a professional. You end up being hell of one. Money and love is showered upon you. Life's all good to be continued this way. Hassle free I'd say. Now the happiness you get out of cricket takes the back seat, your performances bring you a lot of laurels along with money. But the spectator, right from the poorest to the richest of all just gets some moments to cherish and live by through your performances. You now chose to sell yourself for money, fooling the humble spectator and snatching from him, the one priceless possession he was proud of. The happiness, the moments, the joy.You totally deserve this.

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