Mortaza reports spot fixing approach

Bangladesh's inaugural Twenty20 league opened on a sour note yesterday when a leading player revealed he had received a spot-fixing proposition.

Mashrafe Mortaza

Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said he had been approached by an unnamed player regarding potential spot-fixing when he turns out as skipper of the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). "I have told my team management about the approach and I'm sure they will do the right thing," Mortaza told the Cricinfo website. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed the report.

Mortaza was asked to provide information on whether he would play certain matches and even whether he would be wearing his sunglasses or a cap when he takes the field. In exchange, he was told, he would be paid 15-20 percent of the earnings from the spot-betting. BCB officials said Mortaza has been asked to reveal the name of the player who made the approach.

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