Ashraful ban almost halved

Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful’s eight-year suspension for match- and spot-fixing has been almost halved.

Ashraful, who was charged for corruption during the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, had appealed the ban earlier this year.

The penalty has subsequently been reduced to five years, with 24 months suspended subject to his participation in a Bangladesh Cricket Board or International Cricket Council anti-corruption education and training programme.

“Upon production of a certificate of good conduct from ICC, he will be eligible to return to cricket “on or about 13 August, 2016,” read a statement from the BCB.

The spinning all-rounder has played 61 Tests, 177 ODIs and 23 T20Is since April 2001’s international debut. He also captained the team through several series.