Nine charged with match-fixing offences in Bangladesh Premier League
Nine people have been charged with match-fixing offences in this year's Bangladesh Premier League.
Last Updated: 14/08/13 3:53pm
None of the nine have been named, though former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful made a tearful confession on national television in June to fixing after he was quizzed by ICC anti-corruption officials who have investigated the case.
Seven of the nine have been charged with fixing and two for failing to report illegal approaches and they all have 14 days to enter a plea to the charges.
The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) carried out the investigation and until disciplinary hearings have been carried out, the identities of those charged will not be revealed, though the probe has centred on the Dhaka Gladiators franchise.
If found guilty, those charged with fixing could be facing a minimum five-year ban and maximum of a lifetime ban.
Anyone found guilty of failing to report an illegal approach could be banned for between one and five years.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "During its investigation, the ACSU interviewed a large number of people who were involved in BPL 2013 and collected significant evidence from a number of sources that has culminated in the charges that have been brought today.
"Considering the limited resources available to the ACSU and the limitations that apply to its ability to uncover sufficient evidence to disrupt conspiracies of this kind, I am pleased that this investigation has led us to this outcome.
"The evidence uncovered is a grave reminder of the need for the sport to remain vigilant against the continuing threat of corruption, and for players and support personnel to take personal responsibility for protecting the integrity of the game."