Bangladesh Premier League to 'move on' from match-fixing scandal, set to resume in December

Bangladesh plan to revive a lucrative Twenty20 tournament in December, two years after it was suspended in the wake of match-fixing scandals

FP Sports May 13, 2015 12:10:43 IST
Bangladesh Premier League to 'move on' from match-fixing scandal, set to resume in December

Dhaka: Bangladesh plan to revive a lucrative Twenty20 tournament in December, two years after it was suspended in the wake of match-fixing scandals, officials said on Wednesday.

The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which started in 2012, was postponed indefinitely after the second edition amid revelations that former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful and four others were involved in fixing matches.

"A lot of things happened since the last edition of BPL. But we've now decided to move on," said the tournament's secretary Ismail Haider. "We've decided to reorganise everything and hold the tournament in a low-key manner.

Bangladesh Premier League to move on from matchfixing scandal set to resume in December

Bangladesh board banned former captain Mohammad Ashraful for fixing matches in the BPL. (MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

"At the moment we don't have any domestic Twenty20 tournament in our country. The BPL is our best option."

Ashraful and four players and officials, including New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, were banned for various periods after a tribunal set up jointly by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) found them guilty.

BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they will follow ICC guidelines for the next edition of the tournament.

Ismail said new franchises were expected to be drafted since agreements with the seven teams which took part in the 2013 edition had been terminated.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), a players' body, had last year warned members against future participation in the BPL due to prolonged non-payment of match fees in previous editions.

Ismail said that BCB has completed "90 per cent payment" for international players and a former Bangladesh captain has been entrusted to settle the issue with local players.

"Only a few players have not been fully paid yet because their amount is subject to dispute," he said. "We hope to settle it before the next edition."

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