So now it’s BPL after IPL. Rumours have been rife about corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League, and now the genie is out of the bottle and its first victim is Bangladesh’s former captain Mohammad Ashraful.

[caption id="attachment_1322" align="alignright" width="300"]Ashraful said he confessed to save national cricket (Photo: AFP) Ashraful said he confessed to save national cricket (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

The development, at the time when spot-fixing has rocked the neighbouring country India, throws the future of league cricket into question. After the admission of guilt by Mohammad Ashraful, the newborn Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) must be in disaster as the world’s biggest cricket league, IPL, is also suffering from the spot-fixing scandal. After the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players, the extent of investigation widened and resulted in the detention of Gurunath Meiyappan, the owner of Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of Indian cricket board’s president N Srinivasan. Moreover, several high-ranked officials, along with Srinivasan, of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) have either resigned or distanced themselves from the board.

One of the most senior Bangladesh players, Ashraful, confessed in front of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) that he had been involved in match- and spot-fixing in the BPL. The BCB has banned him from all forms of cricket until the ACSU completes its investigations and presents a report in this regard.

Ashraful met ACSU officials last month. Taking to the media about the meeting, he said the unit called him on for the first time in his career and he confessed to all his wrongdoings. He said that by doing all this he was trying to save Bangladesh cricket. However, he apologised to his fans and friends for disappointing them.

BCB chief Nazmul Hassan said that he called on the ASCU after reports of match-fixing in the league which culminated in the admission of Ashraful. Now, the ICC will further investigate into the matter.

Ashraful has captained 13 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 Twenty20s for Bangladesh. Overall, he has played 61 Tests and 177 one-dayers.

Now, all eyes are on the ACSU report which is going to be presented to the ICC. The report will give further insight into the BPL and will tell about the possible of involvement of other players in the fixing scandal.
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