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Gladiators co-owner found guilty

Calcutta: The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal, which was investigating alleged corruption in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), has found just one person “guilty” of “an effort to fix” a match and has discharged six others as “not guilty”.

This didn’t please the International Cricket Council (ICC) and it immediately issued a joint statement along with the BCB saying it was “disappointed” with the outcome of the probe.

Shihab Jishan Chowdury, one of the owners of the BPL franchise Dhaka Gladiators, has been declared guilty of “being party to an effort to fix” a match in the tournament last year. However, Salim Chowdury, Gaurav Rawat, Mohammed Rafique, Mosharaff Hossain (Rubel), Mahbubul Alam (Robin) and Darren Stevens have been found “not guilty”.

The joint statement by the ICC and BCB said: “The ICC and the BCB have received the determination and are surprised and obviously disappointed with the outcome. Both organisations await the tribunal’s detailed written determination setting out the reasons for the outcome, which will be provided shortly, and will consider it carefully before determining the next steps, including whether to appeal any aspect(s) of the judgement. In the meantime, no further comment will be made by either the ICC or the BCB.”

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammed Ashraful had earlier confessed his involvement in corruption in the BPL.

In a media release on Wednesday, the Tribunal said: “…After careful and detailed deliberation and consideration of the evidence, the Tribunal has today published its conclusion and orders in respect of its determination.”

“Shihab Jishan Chowdhury having been found guilty of the Art. 2.1.1 charge against him for being a party to an effort to fix the Chittagong match shall attend before the Tribunal on a date to be fixed for the hearing on sanctions and costs either in person or with his legal representative. In the event that he fails to attend or is not represented, the Tribunal shall proceed with the hearing in his absence,” the release added.

The Tribunal also lifted the provisional suspensions imposed on Mosharraf and Mahbubul.

The release informed that the Tribunal “expects to give its full reasons for the aforesaid determination within a few days, hopefully within the next two weeks.”

The incident of alleged match and spot-fixing came to light in May 2013 when BCB president Nazmul Hassan confirmed that a Bangladesh player had been questioned by the ICC.

The charges against the players were drawn up following an investigation by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.