With corruption threatening to tarnish the reputation of the supposed ‘gentleman sport’ across Asia, the news of a former international cricket captain being suspended for match fixing is certainly not what lovers of the sport want to hear.
Mohammad Ashraful, who has played 61 tests and 177 one-day international matches for Bangladesh since debuting in 2001, is the latest guilty party tied up in the corruption charges.
On Wednesday last week, he was handed an eight-year ban from the game after being found guilty of involvement in match-fixing in Twenty20 competition last year.
The right-handed batsman, who confessed to the crime after being quizzed by ICC anti-corruption officials in June 2013, will not be able to play in any formats of the sport.
A tribunal also found two other cricketers guilty for similar charges and handed out suspensions accordingly.
New Zealand batsman, Lou Vincent, and Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Lokuarachchi, will not be able to play competitive cricket in any format for three years and 18 months respectively.
The pair had failed to inform authorities that they had been approached to fix matches whilst playing in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Vincent is also at the centre of a match-fixing investigation in England which, last week, resulted in former Sussex player Naveed Arif being banned from cricket for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The managing director of BPL champions Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdury, has also been banned for 10 years for his part in the match-fixing scandal.
Shakil Kasem, one of the three-member tribunal which handed down the sentences, confirmed that the ban would be effective worldwide.
“The charges against the four were brought in accordance with the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code,” he said.
“As a result, during the ban period, they'll be barred from playing and all sorts of cricketing activities anywhere in the world.”