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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Mohammad Ashraful expects some
leniency from the ICC s Anti-Corrup-
tion and Security Unit, which is
expected to present its report on cor-
ruption in the BPL to the Bangladesh
Cricket Board this week.
A five-member ICC delegation, led
by the CEO Dave Richardson, arrived
in Dhaka last evening, and will hold a
press conference today, which will also
be attended by BCB president Nazmul
Hassan, and where the verdict on
Ashraful s involvement is likely to come
Ashraful, who was suspended by the
BCB after admitting his involvement
in alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing
in the BPL, believes his confession and
cooperation with the ACSU should
result in a reduced suspension. For
someone who is still to be punished,
Ashraful is already considering a long
lay-off, and also contemplating a come-
"I tried my best to cooperate with
the investigation. Now if they take it
into consideration, I think my punish-
ment should come down to two or
three years," Ashraful said. "I will be
32 after three years. I believe it won t
be the end as there are many cricketers
who played and are still playing at that
age. (Sanath) Jayasuriya did, Sachin
(Tendulkar) is still playing."
The ACSU were put in charge of for-
mulating anti-corruption measures for
the 2013 BPL, after which they handed
Hassan a list of suspects. In mid-May,
theKaler Kantha, a Dhaka-based Bengali
daily, broke the story that Ashraful was
a chief suspect in BPL-related corrup-
tion. Since his admission, Ashraful has
been seen in several social events,
including Tamim Iqbal s wedding and
iftar parties hosted by former BCB pres-
ident Saber Hossain Chowdhury and
has also met the BCB chief. Critics have
seen this as an attempt by the former
captain to garner sympathy.
A former Bangladesh captain said
that Ashraful should be punished
"because it would set a good example"
but added that he too thinks the pun-
ishment could be reduced in light of
Ashraful s reported cooperation with
the ACSU. Only a summary of the
ACSU s report is likely to be mentioned
in the press conference today, during
which new names are unlikely to come
out. Only the findings and recommen-
dations will be revealed, after which
the BCB has to follow the ICC s pro-
cedure of discipline.
Hassan is yet to confirm if the BCB
would set up a tribunal according to
its own anti-corruption guidelines to
decide the punishment. Hassan, who
had earlier said the BCB would adhere
to whatever the ACSU report recom-
mends, later back-tracked and said he
would act according to the board s own
rules and regulations.
With the ICC taking corruption in
the BPL seriously enough to send
Richardson to Dhaka, it is also likely
that the game s governing body will
have a major say in the next steps of
the process. (ESPNcricinfo)
As he ravaged South Africa A
for 248 off 150 balls, Shikhar
Dhawan knew he had achieved
what only Sachin Tendulkar and
Virender Sehwag had before---a
double-century in limited-overs
cricket by an Indian.
But even as he finally fell with
32 deliveries still left in the India
A innings, Dhawan could not help
but realise he could have become
the first man in the world to make
a triple in the format.
"I was aware of the record and
it felt really special to score these
runs," Dhawan said.
"When I got out in the 44th
over it occurred to me that if I
had batted till the end I had a
chance to score a triple hundred.
I am happy with what I scored
The way Dhawan went on and
on, the India A coach Lalchand
Rajput thought the triple was on.
"Shikhar batted exceptionally
well," Rajput said.
"I haven t seen a better innings
in one-day cricket than this one.
The way he batted today, I thought
he will get 300. They were clean
hits, all proper cricketing shots.
He pulled, he cut, he drove. He
played all shots today and it was
a real treat to watch."
While Dhawan was pleased to
be mentioned alongside Tendulkar
and Sehwag, he was quick to dis-
miss comparisons between the
"It did cross my mind that I
joined Sachin paaji and Viru paaji
in scoring a double-century in a
one-day game," Dhawan said.
"However, those were two of the
greatest innings in cricket history
and they came at the international
level. So, they are much bigger
than my innings.
"I ve always loved watching
them bat. But I love my batting
as well. So, it s difficult for me to
pick one favourite knock of the
three. This will remain one of my
favourite matches because I scored
200 for the first time in a 50-over
game. Unfortunately it didn t
come live on television but that s
fine because I loved batting."
It was a must-win game for
India A if they had to meet Aus-
tralia A in the final of the tri-
series. Their batsmen had come
up short on both occasions in tall
chases against Australia A but had
taken South Africa A for 309 in
38 overs in a rain-hit victory three
Dhawan had made 85 in that
game and said he wanted to make
a larger score today.
"I had scored 85 in the previous
match and I wanted to score a big
hundred for the team because our
batsmen were all getting out in
the 80s and 90s," Dhawan said.
"A big century was necessary for
giving a good total to the team.
Once I crossed 100, I was in a dif-
ferent flow. I thought I made a
smart choice of shots and things
went my way.
"I especially enjoyed it as it
came against a South African side
in their own backyard. They are
very tough to play at home and
they play good quality cricket."
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