ICC & BCB Surprised & Disappointed With Tribunal Outcome
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have issued a statement following the conclusion of a BCB Anti-Corruption Tribunal investigating alleged corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
REACTION FROM KENT CCC
"I speak for all at Kent when I say that I am delighted for Darren that this verdict was reached.
"I know this has been a very stressful time for Darren and his family and I am sure he will be hugely relieved that this cloud has been lifted.
"All Kent supporters will wish him well of course and we all look forward to his return to Kent colours at the start of the 2014 season"
Jamie Clifford, CEO
Nine players were charged with breaches of the BCB Anti-Corruption Code in August following the 2013 edition of the 2013 tournament.
Seven were charged with fixing-related offences and two more with failing to report corrupt approaches.
The charges came after the BCB suspended former captain Mohammad Ashraful for his reported involvement in corruption.
Bangladeshi players Mosharraf Hossain and Mahbubul Alam and English all-rounder Darren Stevens were three of the players being investigated.
All denied the charges against them, and Stevens has now been clearead by the tribunal.
"The ICC and the BCB have received the determination and are surprised and obviously disappointed with the outcome," a joint statement read.
"Both organisations await the Tribunal’s detailed written determination setting out the reasons for the outcome, which will be provided shortly, and will consider it carefully before determining the next steps, including whether to appeal any aspect(s) of the judgment.
"In the meantime, no further comment will be made by either the ICC or the BCB."
Stevens, who was playing for the Dhaka Gladiators, along with the other charged players, issued the following statement earlier today.
"I would officially like to thank the tribunal for their verdict today and in particular their determination of non guilty findings in chages brought against me by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
"This has been a long journey and I would like to express my gratitude to my partner Katie, my family, friends, Kent County Cricket Club, my fellow peers, legal team and all those who have supported me.
"I can assure all fans of the Dhaka Gladiators, the people of Bangladesh and all cricket followers, that I have always played the game of cricket honstly, with integrity and to the best of my ability.
"I have loved playing cricket in Bangladesh, as well as everywhere else in the world and I hope that I will be allowed to continue to play cricket globally."
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