ICC investigating 'suspicious' Bangladesh Premier League events allegations

London, May 31 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into allegations about suspicious events in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), ahead of the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

However, the Guardian reported that no arrests have yet been made, unlike the ongoing probe into the Indian Premier League which has been led by Mumbai police and has already seen three players, including Test cricketer S.Sreesanth and a number of bookmakers jailed.

According to a spokesman for the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the allegations involve a match between the franchise teams Dhaka Gladiators and Chittagong Kings in the second edition of the BPL.

An ICC spokesman said that the governing body's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is looking into the allegations, although the report added that the involvement of the ACSU will require support from the England and Wales Cricket Board, as around 20 first-class county players, including Ravi Bopara, played in the BPL in early 2013.

According to reports, Mohammad Ashraful, who was the captain of the team between 2001 and 2007, is one of the players among those being questioned.

The BCB had hired the ICC's anti-corruption team for an investigation in 2013 after Shariful Haque, a former international spinner, was found guilty of spot-fixing in the 2012 competition and was then banned indefinitely, the report added. (ANI)


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