Cricket: ICC expected to release probe on Bangladesh fixing

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected later Tuesday to release the results of its inquiry into match-fixing in Bangladesh cricket which has already ensnared national hero Mohammad Ashraful.

Former captain Ashraful made a tearful confession on national television in June to match-fixing during the domestic Twenty20 tournament, after being quizzed by ICC anti-corruption officials.

ICC chief executive David Richardson is expected to release the findings of the investigation by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit at a press conference in Dhaka flanked by Bangladesh cricket officials.

"They (the ACSU) have completed their investigation and today we are expecting to see the outcome," Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP.

Ashraful, who became the country's youngest Test centurion in 2001 at the age of 17, was suspended from all levels of cricket just before his tearful public confession and apology, pending the outcome of the probe.

Local media have reported the names of several other players and officials suspected of involvement in fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Yunus said it was unclear whether the ICC would reveal the names of these people publicly Tuesday in its report.

Ashraful, who captained Bangladesh between 2007 and 2009, was allegedly involved in fixing a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings teams during this year's second edition of the BPL.

Local media have reported that the batsman was paid about one million taka ($12,800) to lose the match on February 2.

During its investigation, the ICC's anti-corruption officials found allegations of fixing during some international matches involving Ashraful, Bangladesh cricket officials have said.

But Yunus would not confirm whether the ICC's report would cover these international matches, which local media have claimed involve at least one Twenty20 match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The spokesman said only that "the main focus is on the BPL".

The allegations of fixing are the latest to hit Bangladesh cricket, including the BPL. Ex-international spinner Shariful Haque was given an indefinite ban last September after an inquiry found him guilty of spot-fixing during the first edition of the BPL.

In March the Bangladesh Cricket Board banned international umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years after a sting operation by an Indian TV channel found him apparently willing to fix matches for cash.

Across the border, Indian cricket is also embroiled in spot-fixing and betting scandals which have further shaken confidence in the game.

Indian bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and 38 others were charged by Delhi police in July over a spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League.