The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Tuesday seven people have been charged with match-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League in a scandal that has already ensnared national hero Mohammad Ashraful.
It said another two people have been charged with failing to report corruption when they were approached to take part in fixing during the 2013 season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 tournament.
All have been charged under the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) anti-corruption code and face a disciplinary tribunal hearing. “The charges relate to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing activity during matches in the BPL 2013, as well as failures by individuals to report approaches made to them to be involved,” the ICC said in a statement.
Evidence was gathered against the unidentified individuals during an investigation by ICC anti-corruption officials into the scandal involving 28-year-old Ashraful and others.
The affair has further shaken confidence in the game across South Asia. Indian cricket is also embroiled in spot-fixing and betting scandals. Bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and 38 others were charged by Delhi police in July over alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League. “All those charged (in Bangladesh) now have 14 days to indicate whether they wish to plead guilty or to defend themselves against the charges,” ICC chief executive David Richardson said.