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Ashraful’s ban reduced three years

Mohammad-AshrafulA disciplinary panel of Bangladesh Cricket Board has reduced the ban on Bangladesh’s former cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful to five years from eight, official said on Monday.

Ashraful has had his eight-year ban for involvement in match and spot fixing in the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

On an appeal filed by Ashraful seeking review of punishment he was handed down, the disciplinary panel reduced the ban to five years.

Espncricinfo reported quoting a statement by Bangladesh Cricket Board that the five year ban is dated from August 13.

The last two years are suspended subject to his participation in a BCB or ICC anti-corruption education and training programme. “Upon production of a certificate of good conduct from ICC”, a BCB release said, he will be eligible to return to cricket “on or about 13 August, 2016″, according to the report.

In other decisions taken by the disciplinary panel, Sri Lanka slow-bowling all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi’s 18-month ban, for failing to report an approach, was reduced to one year.

One of the owners of Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, who had been found guilty of “being party to an effort to fix” a match in the BPL and handed a ten-year ban, had also appealed. His ban was upheld by the disciplinary panel chief, but the fine of Tk 2 million that went with it was quashed.

However, Salim Chowdhury, the franchise’s chairman, who was acquitted of all charges after the anti-corruption tribunal concluded its hearing into the matter, was slapped with a ten-year ban by the panel. Salim Chowdhury’s ban will be dated from 13 August, 2013.

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