Ashraful, Vincent banned for BPL fixing

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Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has been banned for eight years by a disciplinary tribunal, three of those years suspended, after pleading guilty to match-fixing in 2013.

Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has been banned for eight years by a disciplinary tribunal, three of those years suspended, after pleading guilty to match-fixing in 2013.

Ashraful was suspended during an independent investigation into the Bangladesh Premier League, after he tearfully admitted to fixing, and has now been officially banned for effectively five years.

Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent got a three-year ban for not reporting fixing to the authorities, and awaits further sanctions in England after being charged on 14 counts there.

Khademul Islam Chowdhury, head of the investigation, said of Ashraful: "He was found guilty of all four charges and is banned from cricket for eight years.

"In addition, he will have to pay a fine of one million taka ($12,820),"

Eight other players were charged after the investigation into the BPL, though six of those were acquitted. Dhaka Gladiators owner Shihab Chowdhury was banned from cricket activities for 10 years.

Additionally, Sri Lanka's Kaushal Lokuarachchi, received an 18-month ban for the same reason as Vincent.

This all comes on the same day that the ECB banned former Sussex all-rounder Naveed Arif for his part in fixing a match against Kent in 2011. He was banned for life.

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