A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Shariful Haque receives indefinite ban for match-fixing

Haque is planning to appeal against the verdict handed down by the BCB

Former Bangladesh player Shariful Haque has received an indefinite ban after he was found guilty of match-fixing by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

Allegations against Haque had been made by Mashrafe Mortaza before the start of the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League.

BCB chief AHM Mustafa Kamal said: “He [Shariful] will not be allowed to take part in any cricketing activities in the country in any capacity, the sub-committee investigated allegations about the cricketer who tried to influence the BPL. The indefinite ban will be applicable from today. This message will go to everybody. Nobody can make use of him. We will inform the ICC as well. We took the decision based on whatever we could substantiate on.”

The decision to ban Haque was made by a committee, which was formed immediately after Mortaza stated that he had been approached a day before the start of the Bangladesh Premier League.

BCB senior vice-president Mahbubul Anam, who headed the committee, made his decision in July after interviewing several individuals, including Haque and Mortaza, during and after the Bangladesh Premier League.

Haque represented Bangladesh in one ODI against India in 1998, and has now become the first Bangladesh player to be banned for match-fixing.

Even though he did not receive any message from the board, Haque stated that he plans to appeal to the BCB in order to see the decision changed.

Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, Haque said: “I will definitely appeal against this ban, one hundred percent, I haven’t received any word on it from the cricket board, but I will defend myself and I will let everyone know about it.”

In February, a newspaper in Dhaka reported that Mortaza had been asked to say which matches he would be playing, and also whether he would be wearing a hat and sunglasses.

The newspaper also reported that if Mortaza had provided the information, he would be given 15 to 20 per cent of the earnings received from spot-betting.

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