The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to lift the ban from professional cricket on August 13. Ashraful will be allowed to resume playing at the domestic level in Bangladesh. However, former Bangladesh captain, who has served three years of his suspension for involvement in match fixing and spot fixing in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will only be eligible to play international cricket from 2018.
In 2014, Ashraful’s eight-year ban was reduced to five years, with two years suspended due to his participation in a BCB or ICC anti-corruption rehabilitation and training programme. Ashraful took part in an anti-corruption programme and during the 2015 BPL, appeared in awareness videos shown to players and officials.
In a press release in September 2014 BCB had stated that “upon production of a certificate of good conduct from the ICC, he will be eligible to return to cricket on or about August 13, 2016″.
As soon as the ICC will issue a certificate, it is understood that Ashraful will be allowed to resume first class cricket in Bangladesh as first class domestic cricket in other ICC members’ jurisdictions from August 13.
The chief executive of BCB Nizam Chowdhury said the board was seeking clarification from the ICC on what types of domestic tournaments Ashraful would be eligible to participate in. On whether Ashraful would be able to play franchise based domestic tournaments in Bangladesh, Chowdhury said, “We have sent a letter to the ICC regarding Ashraful’s issue and we will get to know about the details by Sunday. There are a few aspects which we need to know.”
The BPL’s and-corruption tribunal in June 2014 banned Ashraful for eight years and fined him TK 10 lakh (USD 12,500 approx). In September that year, the ban was reduced to five years, with the last two of those years a suspended sentence. The BCB and ICC unsuccessfully appealed against the ban reduction.
The BPL’s anti-corruption tribunal had, in June 2014, banned Ashraful for eight years and fined him Tk 10 lakh (USD12,500 approx). In September that year, the ban was reduced to five years, with the last two of those years a suspended sentence. The BCB and ICC unsuccessfully appealed against the ban reduction.