DHAKA, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 13th August, 2016) - Bangladesh's cricket authorities Saturday partially lifted the ban on former captain Mohammad Ashraful, allowing him to play in selected domestic competitions, officials said. Ashraful was initially banned for eight years in 2014 after he tearfully confessed on national television to helping fix matches in the scandal-hit Bangladesh Premier League. The Twenty20 tournament was eventually left suspended in the wake of the match-fixing controversy before resuming in 2015 with six new franchises.
A local appeal panel in September 2014 cut Ashraful's ban to five years including a two-year suspended sentence, meaning he can return to competitive cricket from August 2016. The Bangladesh Cricket board and the International Cricket Council had lodged an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland against his reduced ban in October 2014, but later withdrew it. "Mr Ashraful is eligible to play domestic cricket from the 13th August 2016. However, he will be ineligible to play international cricket or the BPL (until 2018)," said Yasin Patel, a British lawyer who represented Ashraful during the trial.