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On Wednesday some notable allegations against various cricketer against match fixing charges came up, with the former Sussex and Pakistan A bowler Naved Arif banned for life after he was found guilty to match fixing in county cricket in 2011, and also his former Sussex team-mate Lou Vincent one of four men punished for corrupt activity in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League – along with Mohammad Ashraful, the former Bangladesh captain. In coming weeks more stories regarding this match fixing will be unfolded and many players would come into the axes.
Vincent, a former New Zealand international, with Arif charges were found in month of May by the England and Wales Cricket Board, in his case with 14 offences relating to two Sussex fixtures in August 2011. Arif was charged with six offences, in one single match and has accepted his life ban, which has been imposed to him by the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission but applies globally. His charges was so severe that he had no other option other than to accept his life ban.
But on other hand Vincent has been banned for only three years, by a tribunal of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, which found his allegations of not reporting approaches to fix matches in the BPL Twenty20 competition in the early 2013. But he remains under a provisional suspension by the ECB and under investigation by the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.
In Asia, Mohammad Ashraful is the highest-profile miscreant of the five, and due to which a punishment of an eight-year ban from all forms of cricket, at the end of which he will be 37 which would mean end of his cricketing career,as no surprise after he made a tearful confession in month of May 2013. He was once the boy wonder of Bangladesh, having become Test cricket’s youngest centurion when he made 114 on his debut against Sri Lanka in 2001 but all that good work goes in vain due to his match fixing charges.
He went on to make five more, plus three in one-day internationals including one that stunned Australia in Cardiff in 2005, and made the last of his 261 international appearances as recently as in month May 2013. But due to his guilt he has been banned until 2021 and a fine of one million taka (£7,600) is also added as punishment. Ashraful has to accept that. Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who was a member of Sri Lanka’s squad at the 2012 T20 World Cup and a Dhaka Gladiators team-mate of Ashraful in the IPL was also found guilty and has been banned for three years, and Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, who owned the Gladiators was also found guilty has been banned for 10 years and fined two million taka (£15,200) for being party to an effort to fix a match.
In addition to the ECB’s charges against Vincent, there are further unresolved issues surrounding his former New Zealand team-mates Chris Cairns and Daryl Tuffey and might be they are also in guilt. In addition to as well as the Supreme Court is also investigating in India into allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League. Justice Mukul Mudgal leading that investigation, with his report due in August – when India playing a Test series in England.Many cricketers will fall under the axes.
Cairns and Tuffey have both denied their involvement in match-fixing since the New Zealand Herald reported late last year that they were under investigation with Vincent, and Cairns was also interviewed by the Metropolitan Police as part of their investigation into Andrew Fitch-Holland, his barrister, on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to Cairns’ libel trial with the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi. Lets see if the charges against them are proven and they are found guilty. It’s a shame that so much corruption is creeping into the game of cricket.