New Delhi: Bangladesh batsman and former captain Mohammad Ashraful has admitted to fixing and apologised for it after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) suspended him until ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) submits its report on investigations into fixing during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
"I should have not done this injustice to the nation. I feel guilty. I would only say 'Please all forgive me, my conduct was improper'," he told a TV channel. "I felt that I have done an injustice, so I have told them [the ACSU team] the truth at the first chance. I tried to help the ICC as much as I could for the welfare of our cricket," Ashraful said. "You all know me, I have been playing international cricket for 12 years. I did not tell them a single lie," he added.
Responding to Ashraful's admission, BCB president Nazmu Hassan said, "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," he told reporters. "This [suspension] is not punishment; this is a temporary measure until we get the full [ICC] report. We have to take exemplary punishment for such acts, otherwise cricket in Bangladesh will be doomed," he said.
The fixing incident involves a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings during the second edition of the BPL, BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus said. Local media reported that the country's youngest Test centurion was allegedly paid about one million taka ($12,800) to lose the February 2 match, but the cheque he was given later bounced. The big-hitting batsman was also allegedly involved in fixing another match 10 days later, against the Barisal Burners, which his team lost by seven wickets, local newspaper reports said.
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. Ashraful also captained Bangladesh between 2007 and 2009.
With agency inputs