Former Rainhill cricketer in match-fixing scandal

Mohammad Ashraful - who played for Rainhill CC - is at the centre of a match fixing scandal
Mohammad Ashraful - who played for Rainhill CC - is at the centre of a match fixing scandal

AN international cricketer who represented a St Helens club is at the centre of a match-fixing scandal.

Former Bangladesh test captain Mohammad Ashraful - who played for Rainhill - has apologised for “wrong-doings” during his country’s Twenty20 competition.

The 28-year-old, who featured at Victoria Terrace in the 2006 season, has been suspended from playing for Bangladesh while an investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) takes place.

An attacking middle-order batsman, Ashraful has scored six test centuries and three one-day international tons. He broke onto the international scene in spectacular fashion scoring 100 against Australia in an ODI victory in 2005.

He said: “I seek forgiveness from all of you for the wrong-doings that I have committed. I am ashamed of what I have done.

“I have come clean to the ICC investigating team and co-operated with them completely.”

No details of Ashraful’s offences have so far been released although they are reported to be in regard to matches played in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Ashraful represented Dhaka Gladiators in the competition played over February and March this year. He also had a brief stint playing in the multi-million pound Indian Premier League (IPL) competition for Mumbai Indians in 2009 when he was bought by the franchise for £75,000 US dollars.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said it would wait for the ICC report into the allegations before taking any further action.

President Nazmul Hasan, said: “We cannot take action against Ashraful before the report and evidence are finalised, but since he has admitted to fixing we think he should not play any cricket for the time being.”

The batsman became the youngest Bangladeshi to score a Test century when he did so at the age of 17 in 2001, before captaining his country between 2007 and 2009.