Ashraful’s ban reduced to 5 years


Former Bangladesh cricket team Captain has had his ban from international cricket after pleading guilty to involvement in match and spot-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League 2013 reduced to five years where two are suspended from, the initial, eight years. Ashraful had previously, in July, appealed to Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, the disciplinary panel chief in July for a reduction of his ban.

He however does have to go through a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) or International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption education and training programme to have those two years suspended. "Upon production of a certificate of good conduct from ICC", a BCB release said, he will be eligible to return to cricket "on or about August 13, 2016".

Ashraful, who had admitted to his guilt before being banned, said he was pleased with the result of his appeal. "I had wanted a reduction in the ban similar to what has been given to me, when I had appealed," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I'm very happy, now I can play [sooner]. I should have been punished, yes, but I think this is good for me."

As per the BCB's anti-corruption code, which governs this matter, the next – and final – stage of the appeals process allows an appeal to be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.