DHAKA: Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and ex-New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent were handed lengthy bans from all forms of cricket Wednesday for their roles in a T20 match-fixing scandal.
A special tribunal set up to investigate claims of corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) announced that Ashraful was banned for eight years and ordered him to pay a fine of one million taka ($12,820) after he admitted match-fixing.
Vincent was banned for three years for failing to report approaches to fix matches. A third former international, Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Lokuarachchi, received an 18-month ban for the same offence.
Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, an owner of the league’s reigning champions Dhaka Gladiators which employed Ashraful, was banned for 10 years and fined two million taka for being party to an effort to fix a match.
Shakil Kasem, one of the three-member tribunal which handed down the sentences, said the bans would be effective anywhere in the world.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2014.