Mohammad Ashraful hoping for leniency from ICC

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Ashraful is hoping to get a reduced suspension

Disgraced Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to show him leniency after admitting to match-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

A five-member ICC delegation, which will be led by chief executive David Richardson, have flown to Dhaka and will announce Ashraful’s fate in the near future.

According to reports, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan will attend the meeting held between the delegation.

Ashraful noted that he expects the ICC to show him some leniency since he came forward and admitted to his crimes.

“I tried my best to cooperate with the investigation,” Ashraful said. “Now if they take it into consideration, I think my punishment should come down to two or three years.

“I will be 32 after three years. I believe it won’t be the end as there are many cricketers who played and are still playing at that age. (Sanath) Jayasuriya did, Sachin (Tendulkar) is still playing.”

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