The on-going Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) is under investigation by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for alleged match-fixing. The shocking doubt has emerged in the wake of allegations made by a player involved with the tournament.
Rangpur Riders all-rounder Jupiter Ghosh earlier claimed that the team manager Sanuar Hossain asked him to fix matches for a secret amount prior to the start of the 2016 edition. He also alleged that he was dropped from the side for refusing to meet this demand.
“The BCB is investigating complaints lodged by a cricketer of BPL 2016 franchise Rangpur Riders against an official of the same team. The BCB recognizes that the allegations and counter allegations brought forward by the player and the official concerned, which includes breach of discipline and corrupt practice, are of serious nature,” the BCB official said.
Rangpur Riders on Monday expelled both Ghosh and Hossain on disciplinary grounds after Ghosh went public with his accusation. The board has now suspended the duo from participating in the tournament until thorough investigation is completed. The team currently are placed fifth on the BPL points table and are still in the contention to qualify for the knockouts.
This was not the first time BPL mired in the fixing quagmire. In September 2012, nationally capped spinner Shariful Haque was held guilty of spot-fixing and received an indefinite ban. The next year, in March 2013, Nadir Shah was given a 10-year suspension after being caught expressing willingness to fix matches during a television sting operation in October 2012.
It is also pertinent to note that the 2014 edition of the league had to be scrapped in order to weed out all the fixing efforts. On the other hand, only a few of the matches remain in the group stages of the 2016 edition with the final scheduled to be held on December 9th.
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