BCB reduce Ashraful’s ban to five years

"I'm very happy, now I can play [sooner]"

“I’m very happy, now I can play [sooner]”

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have decided to reduce former captain Mohammad Ashraful’s ban from eight years to five.

Ashraful was initially banned for eight years after admitting that he had been involved in match-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Ashraful’s ban was reduced after he appealed to the disciplinary panel chief, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, in July.

“I had wanted a reduction in the ban similar to what has been given to me, when I had appealed,” Ashraful told ESPNcricinfo. “I’m very happy, now I can play [sooner]. I should have been punished, yes, but I think this is good for me.”

Justice Rashid also reduced Sri Lanka all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi’s 18-month ban to one year for failing to report being approached by a bookie.

Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, who is one of the owners of the Dhaka Gladiators, could not get his 10-year ban reduced, but did manage to have his BDT 2 million (US$ 25,000 approx) fine waived.

However, Dhaka Gladiators chairman Salim Chowdhury, who was initially acquitted of all charges, was slapped with a 10-year ban by Justice Rashid.

“The ICC and the BCB have received the determination and are pleased to note that Shihab Jishan Chowdury’s 10-year ban has been upheld, while Salim Chowdhury has now also been found guilty and banned for 10 years,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) and BCB said in a joint statement. “In respect of the other findings, the ICC and the BCB are in the process of carefully reviewing the determination, following which they will decide on their next steps, including whether or not to appeal any aspect(s) of the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

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