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Fixing Probe in the BPL

Tribunal questions ACSU's role

Sports Reporter

The BCB's anti-corruption tribunal delivered the 'reason judgment' on fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) yesterday where the verdict seemingly questioned the role of the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU).
It was learnt that the three-member tribunal was far from satisfied with regards to the charges brought up by the ACSU. A board insider informed The Daily Star, preferring anonymity, that the judgment questioned the manner in which some of the evidences was collected by the ACSU, some of which were based on hearsay.
The source even went on to say that the long judgment indicated that the ACSU had violated its contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) by allowing spot-fixing to take place despite knowing in advance that a particular BPL match would be tampered. According to the BCB source, the judgment revealed that ACSU had not informed the BCB regarding the matter and reportedly wanted the match to take place in order to catch the culprits red-handed.
ACSU's actions eventually went on to facilitate spot-fixing rather than curbing it, which also denied many viewers a fair game of cricket.
The long verdict is merely a detailed explanation of the short verdict, released in February, which acquitted six out of the nine individuals who were charged with corrupt activities. Of the remaining three, Mohammad Ashraful and Kaushal Lokuarachchi admitted to wrongdoings while Dhaka Gladiators franchisee owner Shihab Chowdhury was found guilty. Former New Zealand international Lou Vincent also confessed during the investigation.
According to the source, ACSU's poor performance with regards to the gathering of evidence actually weakened the case and shocked many including the board, which had paid quite a hefty amount to ACSU for the investigation.
It therefore was not a surprise that majority of the charged were let off.

The BCB source said that the verdict also questioned the ACSU for failing to catch the 'real' culprits of the case -- such as the bookies and the betters -- and that the individuals charged were merely pawns in a big game.
Ashraful, Lokuarachchi, Vincent and Shihab will have to attend a hearing on May 18 to know the sanctions that will be imposed on them.
The other individuals who were not proved guilty can also attend the hearing with an aim to charge the ICC and the BCB for defamation.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, June 09, 2014

Last modified: 3:22 am Monday, June 09, 2014

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