Dhaka - Former Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful was suspended
from the sport on Tuesday after he confessed his involvement in fixing, a
top cricket official said.
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
"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.
spoken with Ashraful, he told me that he has confessed everything to the
ASCU," Hassan said, although he added that the batsman had not
disclosed details of his confession to him.
Hassan made Tuesday's
announcement during a meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in
the capital Dhaka called to deal with the allegations, which have been
widely reported in local media.
The alleged fixing involves a
match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings teams during
the second edition of the BPL, BCB spokesperson Jalal Yunus has said.
media have reported that 28-year-old Gladiators star Ashraful was
allegedly paid about one million taka ($12,800) to lose the February 2
match, but the cheque he was given later bounced.
batsman was also allegedly involved in fixing another match 10 days
later, against the Barisal Burners, which his team lost by seven
wickets, the local newspaper reports have said.
Ashraful became the country's youngest Test centurion in 2001 at the age of 17 and captained Bangladesh between 2007 and 2009.
allegations are the latest to hit Bangladeshi cricket, including the
BPL, which was launched in 2012 in emulation of neighbouring India's
Indian cricket is embroiled in its own
scandal involving alleged betting and spot-fixing during the
just-finished Indian Premier League season, with the arrest last month
of three players, scores of bookmakers and others.