Ashraful does not regret confessing

Bangladesh

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful does not regret confessing to match-fixing, after receiving an eight-year ban from the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit earlier this week.

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful does not regret confessing to match-fixing, after receiving an eight-year ban from the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit earlier this week.

Ashraful was implicated – and convicted – amid an ongoing investigation into fraud and bribery within the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. Erstwhile New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent was also involved.

"I don't have any regret confessing what I did," Ashraful told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>. "I knew that I would be punished from the moment I confessed.

"The only thing that could have happened was probably a lesser punishment. Maybe they could have cut down a year or two. Or they could have given me a chance to play domestic cricket."

With one of the eight years already served and three suspended, the 29-year-old batsman might return to competitive cricket before the 2019 World Cup in England.

"I am positive that I can come back to cricket after five years. I will be appealing after I receive the full judgment, having consulted my legal representatives," he added.

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