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SBD Global/August 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Nine Cricketers Face Lifetime Bans For Match-Fixing In Bangladesh T20 League

The Int'l Cricket Council announced that nine individuals face five-year to life bans from cricket "after being charged with match-fixing and other offences" during this year's Bangladesh Premier League, according to Ruma Paul of REUTERS. The ICC said in a statement, "The charges relate to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing activity during matches in the BPL 2013, as well as failures by individuals to report approaches made to them to be involved in the conspiracy." The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the ICC "has charged seven of them with fixing-related offences while two were accused of failing to report corrupt approaches made to them" (REUTERS, 8/13). The BBC reported those charged with fixing offenses "have been provisionally suspended." The nine people charged "have 14 days to respond to the allegations made against them." The punishment for match-fixing offenses "ranges from a minimum five-year suspension up to life, while failure to report an approach carries an upper limit of a five-year ban" (BBC, 8/13). The PTI reported the corruption scandal was unearthed by the ICC's ACSU, which "was engaged by the BCB to provide anti-corruption cover" during the BPL '13. ICC CEO David Richardson "lauded the work of the ACSU" (PTI, 8/13).
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