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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have announced that they will be appealing against Mohammad Ashraful’s ban reduction.
Ashraful, who used to captain Bangladesh, was initially banned for eight years after admitting to being involved in match-fixing before he appealed and had it reduced to five years.
Both the ICC and BCB have already lodged their appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
“The ICC and BCB jointly appealed against the suspension reduction of Mohammad Ashraful to the Court of Arbitration for Sports,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury confirmed. “The last date to appeal against the decision was on Monday [October 20].”
However, the appeal is not only against Ashraful. It was later revealed that the ICC and BCB are also appealing against the fact that two other Dhaka Gladiators players, Mosharraf Hossain and Mahbubul Alam, were found not guilty. In addition to that, the ICC and BCB are also appealing against Gladiators chairman Salim Chowdhury and co-owner Shihab Chowdhury.
Shihab Chowdhury was banned for ten years right from the start, while Salim Chowdhury was initially acquitted of all charges before he was slapped with a ten-year ban when the case and rulings were reviewed by the BCB’s disciplinary panel chief, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid.
Interestingly enough, there is a sixth person named in the appeal, but Nizamuddin Chowdhury did not reveal who that individual was.