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The pair cleared to play

Sports Reporter

Suspended players Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and Mahbubul Alam Robin have been cleared by the Bangladesh Cricket Board to participate in the BCB's tournaments.
At a press conference in Mirpur yesterday BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed reporters of the players' clearance.
"We were waiting for an opinion from our legal team and we have got that now. As a result, the players are now free to participate in any form of cricket under the BCB," informed Chowdhury.
The duo, who were accused of spot-fixing in the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League by the ICC's anti-corruption unit were cleared by an independent tribunal of all accusations in February through a short-verdict.
The BCB however, did not allow them to participate in the National Cricket League citing various reasons.
The board's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus had initially stated that the BCB was planning to appeal against the verdict while the BCB CEO had said that they were awaiting a decision from their legal team regarding the matter.
When asked why the BCB had taken so long to make the decision, Chowdhury said, "We were in fact waiting for the complete verdict. There was an indication that it would be released two weeks after the short verdict. However, at this point of time, what's important is that they are free to play."

However if the BCB will appeal against the decision once they receive the complete verdict remains unsure. "The BCB and ICC are working together. We will see what happens in the coming days," said Chowdhury.
Mosharraf, who practised at the BCB Academy ground yesterday, was overjoyed with the news. He now looks forward to playing in the Bangladesh Cricket League, which begins this month, for Central Zone, a side he captained last year.
"It obviously feels really good. I can't express the feeling that I am going through right now. I hope I can make a good come back in the BCL later this month," said Rubel.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, April 28, 2014

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