Final hearings from Sept 8-11
The final hearing of the appeals against the decisions of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) anti-corruption tribunal regarding match-fixing in the BPL will take place between September 8 and 11, the BCB's disciplinary panel through a press release informed yesterday.
The tribunal's decisions -- which acquitted six out of the nine individuals charged for corruption by the ICC and imposed suspensions of varying lengths on cricketers Mohammad Ashraful, Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Dhaka Gladiators owner Shihab Chowdhury -- were challenged by four parties and as per the BCB's code, a separate hearing needs to take place with the chairman of the panel.
Representatives of Ashraful, the ICC and the BCB, Mahbubul Alam, Mosharraf Hossain, Shihab and Gladiators CEO Gaurav Rawat were present during the preliminary hearing which took place at an office in Gulshan yesterday.
According to the press release, Ashraful -- who was handed an eight-year suspension on June 18 by the tribunal -- appealed against the sanctions which he claims to be 'excessive.'
The ICC and the BCB appealed against the acquittal of Dhaka Gladiators owner Salim Chowdhury, Rawat, Gladiators spin consultant Mohammad Rafique and players Mosharraf, Mahbubul and Darren Stevens. They also appealed for the imposition of 'life ineligibility' on Shihab, who on June 18 received a 10-year suspension.
On the other hand, Shihab appealed against the tribunal's decision. Likewise, Sri Lanka's Lokuarachchi, who received an 18-month suspension, also appealed against the verdict.
According to the press release from the disciplinary panel, all four appeals will be heard and disposed separately in September.
If the parties are unhappy with the verdict of the chairman of the disciplinary panel they can make a last appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.