BPL spot-fixing hearing begins

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A three-member tribunal today started conducting the preliminary hearing on the spot-fixing allegations brought against nine individuals who participated in the second edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Since the hearing is a closed door one, detail of it could not be known immediately.

On August 12 this year, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit(ACSU) charged nine individuals, including three foreigners, with breaching the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB’s) anti-corruption code.

Seven of them were charged for spot-fixing and two for failing to report corrupt approaches to authorities after the ACSU conducted a six-month long investigation which included numerous interviews.

Former judge of the Supreme Court Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury is acting as the convener of the tribunal.

Former national cricketers Shakil Kasem and Ajmalul Hossain are the two other members of the tribunal formed by the chairman of the BCB’s disciplinary panel.

The accused include Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Mosharraf Hossain, Mahbubul Alam, Gladiators owners Selim Chowdhury and Shihab Chowdhury, its Indian CEO Gaurav Rawat, Sri Lankan spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Englishman Darren Stevens.

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