The ICC has announced that it will appeal, along with the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the verdict of the anti-corruption tribunal set up by the BCB to look into allegations of wrongdoing in the Bangladesh Premier League 2013. The BCB had set up the tribunal after the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit had brought to its attention the instances of possible corruption in the league.
Former Bangladesh captain and middle-order batsman, Mohammad Ashraful, along with eight other individuals (including three foreigners) were charged with corruption during the second season of the BPL. Ashraful, who confessed to his wrongdoing, was banned for 8 years. New Zealand batsman, Lou Vincent and Sri Lankan all-rounder, Kaushal Lokuarachchi admitted that they failed to report approaches made to them.
Apart from the three cricketers, The BCB tribunal also found Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, one of the owners of Dhaka Gladiators, guilty of being involved in spot-fixing. The rest of the players though were found to be no guilty by the BCB anti-corruption tribunal and the findings disappointed both ICC and BCB.
The BCB’s Anti-Corruption Code, which governs these proceedings, provides for a two-stage appeal process. The first stage is an appeal to the Chairman of the BCB’s Disciplinary Panel. The second stage, if necessary, is an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, the ICC informed on its website.
“The ICC and the BCB can confirm that we have received the full written decision from the Anti-Corruption Tribunal. As previously indicated, we are extremely disappointed at the outcome of the proceedings, and seeing the reasons given by the tribunal for its decision has done nothing to address our concerns,” an ICC release stated. “In the ICC’s view, clear and compelling evidence of corruption by a number of individuals have not been taken into account properly.
“Having now had the opportunity to review the detailed decision in its entirety and taken advice on it, we believe that we have very strong grounds on which we can base our appeal. We do not believe that the sport would be sending the right message if it does not challenge what, in our opinion, are incorrect findings.”
According to the ICC release, the BCB’s anti-corruption code, which governs this matter, allows a two-stage appeal process: the first stage is an appeal to the chairman of the BCB’s disciplinary panel, and the second allows an appeal to be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.