Nine Charged With BPL Corruption
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have charged nine individuals with breaches of the BCB's Anti-Corruption Code.
An investigation was carried out by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) into the Bangladesh Premier League where offences are alleged to have been carried out during the 2013 season.
The charges relate to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to participate in match and spot-fixing and failures by players to report approaches to them by those involved in the conspiracy.
Charge letters have been sent to the individuals although both ICC and BCB have made it clear that all parties charged remain innocent until proven guilty and their identities will not be disclosed until the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings that have now begun.
Seven of the individuals have been charged with offences relating to fixing, and two others have been charged for failing to report approaches made to them.
Those who are facing the most serious charges have been provisionally suspended and banned from participating in all cricket activities coming under the auspieces of BCBC, ICC or the ICC's member associations pending resolution of the disciplinary proceedings.
The individuals have 14 days to decide whether to plead guilty to the charges or to decide to defend themselves in a full hearing, which would take place before an Anti-Corruption Tribunal convened in accordance with the processes set out in Article 5 of BCB's Anti-Corruption Code.
"During its investigation, the ACSU interviewed a large number of people who were involved in BPL 2013 and collected significant evidence from a number of sources that has culminated in the charges that have been brought today," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson explained.
"Considering the limited resources available to the ACSU and the limitations that apply to its ability to uncover sufficient evidence to disrupt conspiracies of this kind, I am pleased that this investigation has led us to this outcome.
"Clearly there is more work to be done in the prosecution of these cases, but a significant amount of work has already been undertaken, with the BCB’s cooperation throughout, and I am grateful to all concerned.
"Whilst we have charged some individuals with failing to report corrupt approaches that were made to them, it is important to stress that this investigation has also been built upon, among other things, evidence gathered from other individuals who not only rejected corrupt approaches made to them, but then did what they were supposed to do, and reported them to the ACSU.
"This fact demonstrates that the messages delivered by the numerous anti-corruption education programmes to all participants in the game are effective.
"The continuing fight against corruption in cricket is not only the responsibility of the authorities like the ICC and the BCB, but it is increasingly the personal responsibility also of all players and support personnel (including team owners, administrators, officials and representatives).
"They must work closely with the authorities and comply with their reporting responsibilities at all times, so that the integrity of the sport can be protected for the greater good."
BCB President Nazmul Hasan added: "As the custodians of the sport in Bangladesh, it is the responsibility of the BCB to protect its integrity for all those who engage in any way with the sport of cricket, whether players, spectators, broadcasters, sponsors or otherwise.
"The BCB is committed to doing everything possible to defend it from the very small group of people who are willing to compromise the values of the overwhelming majority for personal greed and, in so doing, bring disgrace upon themselves and their associates, as well as tarnishing the image of the game."
Earlier this year, the BCB suspended former captain Mohammad Ashraful after he reportedly confessed to his part in the conspiracy.
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