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Mohammad Ashraful. -File photo by AP
Mohammad Ashraful. -File photo by AP

DHAKA: Former Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful on Tuesday admitted match-fixing and apologised for the latest damaging scandal to hit the sport.

“I should have not done this injustice to the nation. I feel guilty,” he told the Independent TV channel in a televised interview.

“I would only say 'Please all forgive me, my conduct was improper',” he added.

His apology came shortly after the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan announced the right-handed batsman had been suspended pending the full report of an investigation by the International Cricket Council.

The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has been probing allegations of match-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 competition.

“I felt that I have done an injustice, so I have told them (the ACSU team) the truth at the first chance. I tried to help the ICC as much as I could for the welfare of our cricket,” Ashraful said.

“You all know me, I have been playing international cricket for 12 years. I did not tell them a single lie,” he added.

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

The alleged fixing involves a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings teams during the second edition of the BPL.

Local media have reported that 28-year-old Gladiators star Ashraful was allegedly paid about one million taka ($12,800) to lose the February 2 match.

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geo Jun 04, 2013 03:45pm

Well they still have some Pakistaniat left in them.

a Jun 04, 2013 07:06pm

@geo: Or should we say......"They have some indian'ness in them".....remember the match-fixing trio from IPL?

Zww Jun 04, 2013 08:05pm

@a: Remember the matchfixing quatret from Pak national team?

Karachi Wala Jun 04, 2013 09:51pm

Welcome aboard!

abhi101104 Jun 04, 2013 11:28pm

@a: shameless didn't care for your country and fixed an international match...

malikshehryar Jun 05, 2013 12:00am

it shows that how many players are involved in the spot fixing but we have to believe that there is still plenty of fixing happening in ipl but because of BCCI is financially so strong that no one can raise question against them and game of cricket is going to downfall ..........remember concept of fixing came from leagues and ipl was the first one.....

zia khan Jun 05, 2013 03:26am

@Zww: Indian players and their bookies are on top. Slum Dog Millionaire movie truly represents a nation.

Shahid Jun 05, 2013 03:37am

At least he has the courage to tell the truth now, we all make mistakes why not him, Bravo

khan Jun 05, 2013 06:20am

@geo: Indians can not digest until they dnt blame pak for everything. just read their way vomiting venom against us in HT

abhi101104 Jun 05, 2013 09:19am

@a: shameless creatures..the trio from ipl were busted by the indian police in india's domestic tournament..and your players sold the nationality on a foreign land and were caught by foreign police...and you people were like 'its a conspiracy against Pakistan, they are innocent'..nobody in india does that.. Jun 05, 2013 12:24pm

Whether it is in india or pakistan or Bangaladesh the fixers want to make money in any form.. I am very sorry to tell ashraful, how you did this in your younger age....Very sorry.. Now Bangaladesh is recognised as a good team to compete with any other cricketing countries.. The blossom is slowly dying without any fruit.. SRavindran