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Disgraced Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has been banned for eight years by the Bangladesh Premier League’s (BPL) anti-corruption tribunal after admitting to being involved in match-fixing during the 2013 edition of the tournament.
“On account of four charges Mohammad Ashraful has been banned for eight years,” Justice Khademul Islam said. “He will not be able to take part in any authorised cricketing activities anywhere in the world. In his sentence, five years is minimum and after completion of five years, he will have suspended sentence of three years which will be absolved if he takes part in any authorised anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programme under ICC, BCB or ACC during the eight years.
“His suspension began the day he pleaded guilty, which was in May last year. The first charge was fixing four matches, out of which he has been found to be involved in two. The second charge is in regards to the Chittagong match; for this he has to pay Tk 10 lakh to BCB in accordance to article 6.3.3 of the BCB’s anti-corruption code. Since all charges are concurrent, he will suffer for eight years.”
Meanwhile, former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, who has been helping the International Cricket Council (ICC) with their corruption probes, was banned for three years for failing to report being approached by a bookie.
Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Lokuarachchi was slapped with an 18-month ban for the same reason as Vincent, while Dhaka Gladiators’ managing director Shihab Chowdhury was banned for 10 years, with three of them suspended.
“The tribunal imposes ineligibility for 18 months on Kaushal Lokuarachchi,” Islam said. “There was one charge against him, and that is his failure to report a corrupted approach. Someone had asked him if he wants to fix match, and he didn’t report it. He has been found guilty under article 2.4.2 of the BCB’s code.
“Lou Vincent, the New Zealand cricketer, has been punished with a three-year ban. He has been found guilty under article 6.2 and 6.5,”