Dhaka - Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and ex-New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent were handed lengthy bans from all forms of cricket on Wednesday for their roles in a Twenty20 match-fixing scandal.
A special tribunal set up to investigate claims of corruption in the
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) announced that Ashraful was banned for
eight years and ordered him to pay a fine of one million taka ($12 820)
after he admitted match-fixing.
Vincent was banned for three years
for failing to report approaches to fix matches. A third former
international, Sri Lanka's Kaushal Lokuarachchi, received an 18-month
ban for the same offence.
Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, an owner of the
league's reigning champions Dhaka Gladiators which employed Ashraful,
was banned for 10 years and fined two million taka for being party to an
effort to fix a match.
Shakil Kasem, one of the three-member tribunal which handed down the sentences, said the bans would be effective worldwide.
charges against the four were brought in accordance with the ICC's
(International Cricket Council) anti-corruption code," Kasem told AFP.
a result, during the ban period, they'll be barred from playing and all
sorts of cricketing activities anywhere in the world."
The ban on
Ashraful, 29, is backdated to May last year when the one-time prodigy
tearfully admitted having helped fix matches in the tournament, which
has been tainted by scandal since its inception.
"I have committed
wrongdoing and that's why (I received) the punishment," Ashraful
admitted once again Wednesday on private Somoy television. "It's
natural. There's no shortcut in life," he said, adding he would decide
whether to appeal against the sentence.
Possibly the country's
most famous cricketer, Ashraful played 61 Tests, 177 ODIs and 23 T20 international matches.
He said he would return
to the game after completing the ban.
"I'll be back to the field even for a day for all these people (who supported me)," he said. Tribunal
chief Khademul Islam Chowdhury told reporters in a press briefing in
the Bangladesh capital that of the eight years Ashraful must serve a
minimum five-year ban.
"After five years his next three years of
suspension can be lifted if he participates in an authorised
anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programme organised by the
Bangladesh Cricket Board, ICC or Asian Cricket Council," he said.
who played for the Khulna Royals in last year's BPL, is at the centre
of other match-fixing allegations in India and England.
represented the Black Caps in 23 Tests and 109 one-day internationals,
although he has not played for his country since 2007.
Lokuarachchi, 32, played four Tests and 21 one-dayers for Sri Lanka.
bans were announced after a copy of a report by the tribunal was
leaked, including details of how the ICC's anti-corruption unit let one
of the matches at the centre of the scandal go ahead even though
investigators knew it was fixed.
The report said Dhaka Gladiators
coach Ian Pont alerted the anti-corruption unit to tell them that he had
been approached by one of the team's owners, but was instructed to let
the match happen regardless.
Tribunal chief Chowdhury said the game should have been stopped by ICC and ACSU, referring to ICC's anti-corruption body.