5 Jun 2013

Former Bangladesh captain suspended

12:47 pm on 5 June 2013

The shamed former Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful has been suspended from the sport after confessing to his involvement in match fixing during the country's Premier League competition.

Local media have reported that 28-year-old Ashraful was allegedly paid about $16,000 to lose a match in February, but the cheque he was given bounced.

He was allegedly involved in fixing another match 10 days later.

Ashraful became Bangladesh's youngest test centurion in 2001 at the age of 17 and captained Bangladesh between 2007 and 2009.

Neighbouring Indian cricket is embroiled in its own betting scandal from the just-finished Indian Premier League season, with the arrest last month of three players, scores of bookmakers and others.