Bangladesh: ICC let fixed match go ahead

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The Bangladesh Cricket board have released a report claiming the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACSU) knew about a fixed Bangladesh Premier League match in February 2013 but instructed the game to go ahead.

The Bangladesh Cricket board have released a report claiming the ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACSU) knew about a fixed Bangladesh Premier League match in February 2013 but instructed the game to go ahead in order to gather evidence.

According to the report, Dhaka Gladiators coach Ian Pont advised the ICC about being approached by fixers, but was told that the game against Chittagong Kings should be played anyway, and did not inform the BCB.

The independent tribunal was set up in 2012 to investigate after the ICC started looking into nine people for match fixing, including Lou Vincent and Mohammad Ashraful, who have since admitted their involvement.

The tribunal said in a report obtained by AFP: "The evidence is clear that the fixed match between DG (Dhaka Gladiators) and CK (Chittagong Kings) played in Chittagong on the 2 February 2013 was played with the consent of ACSU.

"It is obvious that the focus of ACSU was on gathering evidence and not on prevention of (the) fixed match."

They then added: "The chairperson of ACSU, Sir Ronald Flanagan, expressed his regret about this failure to inform BCB of this significant matter and made a personal unreserved apology on behalf of ACSU for not involving BCB at that stage."

ICC spokesperson Sami Ul Hasan responded via email to AFP's queries: "We are reviewing the written judgement and have no comments to make at this stage."

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