ICC and BCB to appeal against verdicts given by BPL anti-corruption tribunal

"In the ICC's view, clear and compelling evidence of corruption by a number of individuals have not been taken into account properly"

“In the ICC’s view, clear and compelling evidence of corruption by a number of individuals have not been taken into account properly”

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will appeal against the verdicts given by the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) anti-corruption tribunal.

Just recently, the BPL anti-corruption tribunal had found Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, who was one of the owners of the Dhaka Gladiators, guilty of match-fixing.

Disgraced Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was given an eight-year ban after confessing to fixing matches during the 2013 BPL season.

In addition to that,  Sri Lanka leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi and New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent were also charged for failing to report an approach by a bookie.

Six other players were not found guilty, but the ICC and BCB announced that they were “disappointed” by the ruling.

“The ICC and the BCB can confirm that we have received the full written decision from the Anti-Corruption Tribunal. As previously indicated, we are extremely disappointed at the outcome of the proceedings, and seeing the reasons given by the tribunal for its decision has done nothing to address our concerns,” an ICC release said. “In the ICC’s view, clear and compelling evidence of corruption by a number of individuals have not been taken into account properly.

“Having now had the opportunity to review the detailed decision in its entirety and taken advice on it, we believe that we have very strong grounds on which we can base our appeal. We do not believe that the sport would be sending the right message if it does not challenge what, in our opinion, are incorrect findings.”

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