Nine charged for fixing in Bangladesh Premier League
Nine players have been charged with corruption offences during this year's Bangladesh Premier League.
The news was confirmed yesterday in a joint statement by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council, whose Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) oversaw the Twenty20 tournament.
The charges relate to “an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise” with three distinct offences ranging from match fixing, spot fixing and failure to report illegal approaches.
Seven of the individuals, who have not been named, have been charged with one of the two types of fixing and have been provisionally suspended by the BCB and ICC.
The tariff for their offences ranges from a minimum five-year ban up to life. The remaining two have been charged with failure to report an approach, which carries an upper limit of a five-year ban.
All nine have 14 days to consider the charges before entering a plea. ICC chief executive David Richardson praised the work of ACSU in uncovering the alleged conspiracy and also revealed other players had been forthcoming in providing evidence.
“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,” he said.