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ICC expresses disappointment at outcome of BPL anti-corruption tribunal verdict

DHAKA: International Cricket Council (ICC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have decided to appeal against the anti-corruption tribunal set up by the BCB to look into allegations of wrongdoing in the Bangladesh Premier League 2013, ARY News reported.

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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.

After the investigation BCB’s anti-corruption tribunal had found one of the owners of Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, guilty of being party to an effort to fix a match.

Ashraful confessed and pleaded guilty to wrongdoing before the tribunal’s investigation, while Sri Lanka legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi and New Zealand’s Lou Vincent had said they failed to report approaches made to them.

Six other players were discharged as not guilty by the tribunal, and both the ICC and BCB had said they were disappointed by the ruling.

ICC and BCB expressed concerns over the tribunal’s decision. ICC said that it’s 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.

As per 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.

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