Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful suspended for suspected match-fixing
Dhaka: Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was on Tuesday suspended from all forms of cricket after he confessed his involvement in fixing matches, adding another sordid chapter to the spot-fixing saga which has already engulfed Indian cricket.
More than a fortnight after the spot-fixing scandal broke out in the Indian Premier League, Ashraful's suspension is the latest case of corruption in cricket which has seen a number of cricketers being arrested in recent times.
"As Ashraful has confessed his involvement in fixing to the ACSU team, so he should not be allowed to play any level of cricket until we get a full report of the investigation," Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan told reporters.
"I have spoken with Ashraful, he told me that he has confessed everything to the ASCU," Hassan said, adding that the batsman had not disclosed details of his confession to him.
The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has been probing allegations of match-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 competition.
Hassan's announcement came during a meeting of the BCB here to deal with the match-fixing allegations.
The alleged fixing involves a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings teams during the second edition of the BPL.
The 28-year-old Ashraful was allegedly paid about one million taka (USD 12,800) to lose the February 2 match, but the cheque he was given later bounced, according to the local media.
He was also allegedly involved in fixing another match 10 days later, against the Barisal Burners, which his team lost by seven wickets, the reports said.
Ashraful became the country's youngest Test centurion in 2001 at the age of 17 and captained Bangladesh between 2007 and 2009.
He played in 61 Test matches and complied 2737 runs for an average of 24. He scored six centuries during his Test career which spanned from 2001 to 2013. In ODIs, Ashraful managed 3468 runs in 177 matches for an average of 22.23.
The allegations are the latest to hit Bangladeshi cricket, including the BPL, which was launched in 2012 on the lines of the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
The IPL is grappling with its biggest ever credibility crisis after Indian paceman S Sreesanth and three of his Rajasthan Royals team-mates were arrested on charges of spot-fixing. All the four players -- Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and Amit Singh -- are in judicial custody.
A week after the arrest of the players, BCCI President N Srinivasan's son-in-law and CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan was also arrested on charges of betting along with small-time actor Vindoo Dara Singh, son of legendary wrestler Dara Singh.
The developments led to Srinivasan stepping aside as BCCI President in the wake of intense media pressure with veteran Jagmohan Dalmiya taking charge as the head of a Working Group to look after the day-to-day affairs of the Board.