Bopara investigated by ICC for match-fixing during BPL

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Bopara was allegedly seven days away from being suspended

England all-rounder Ravi Bopara was allegedly investigated by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for having played a role in the recent Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match-fixing scandal, according to a report in The Times.

According to the newspaper, Bopara was nearly suspended for failing to supply various documents in time.

Bopara, who has represented England in 13 Test matches and 94 ODIs, was cleared of any wrongdoing, but was forced to hand in his bank and phone statements.

He was also reportedly interviewed for two hours.

Bopara represented the Chittagong Kings in this year’s BPL, which started on January 18 and concluded on February 19.

On February 15, the 28-year-old was asked by the ACSU to hand in his bank statements for the past 12 months, his phone records for the past three years and his mobile phones.

However, according to The Times, Bopara was unable to supply the information the ACSU needed since he was in Bangladesh for the BPL, upon where he travelled to South Africa to represent the Dolphins in the Ram Slam Twenty20 Challenge.

He was allegedly just seven days away from being suspended as all players are made to sign the ICC Code of Conduct, which allows the governing board access to all this information.

“The delay was caused because he couldn’t access hard copies of the information as he was travelling the world doing his job,” Bopara’s lawyer Yasin Patel told The Times. “Then, when he was back in England…he endured a two-hour interview with ACSU and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) representatives which finished at around two in the morning.

“”He had no legal representation and it was more like an interrogation. There are no safeguards or protections for the players whatsoever. They are conducting police-like interviews, and that is neither moral nor correct.”

The Times also reported that England team director Andy Flower was aware of the investigation.

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