Nine individuals have been formally charged with match-fixing and other offences as a result of incidents during this year's Bangladesh Premier League.
News agency Reuters reported that not all of the nine involved were players and that they now have a fortnight to plead their case to an anti-corruption tribunal. Seven are accused of either match-fixing or spot-fixing, two others of failing to report an illegal approach about fixing.
The news follows on the heels of arrests in the 2013 IPL. Amongst those implicated in fixing scandals were three Rajasthan Royals players, including India international Sreesanth, as reported by Cricinfo.
"The charges relate to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing activity during matches in the BPL 2013, as well as failures by individuals to report approaches made to them to be involved in the conspiracy," the ICC said in a statement.
The Bangladesh Premier League was formed in 2012, and while two full seasons of the tournament have been played, it has also been beset by problems.
It has already seen Mohammed Ashraful, a popular local batsman, admit to spot-fixing in this year's tournament in May:
I should have not done this injustice to the nation. I feel guilty. I can only say, please all forgive me, my conduct was improper.
In 2012, meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph claimed that English players playing for the eight franchise teams in the inaugural edition of the tournament had not been paid.
Angus Porter, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, told the newspaper:
The contract was brokered by FICA (international players union) and set out the players should get 25 per cent before the start of the tournament, 50 per cent during it and 25 per cent at the end. A handful have received 75 per cent, but most only 25. I don’t know of anyone who has received the full payment.
This is not just an England problem. It impacts on players from all nations. If the Bangladesh Cricket Board is seeking to build long term relationships with players and want them to come back and play next year then this is not a very good way to go about it. I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes but I do have a concern that this may be something more than a delay.
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