Dhaka Gladiators owner convicted of match-fixing

DHAKA, February 26, 2014 (AFP) – A special tribunal convicted one of the owners of the Dhaka Gladiators Wednesday of match-fixing in the tainted Bangladesh Premier League, while three international cricketers pleaded guilty in the 2013 scandal, officials said.

Shihab Jishan Chowdhury, managing director of the reigning BPL champions, was found guilty of one charge of “being a party to an effort to fix the Chittagong match”, the tribunal said.

New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, Sri Lankan Kaushal Lokuarachchi and former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful all admitted guilt over their roles in the scandal.

“Vincent, Lokuarachchi and Ashraful have already pleaded guilty,” Shakil Kasem, a member of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s three-member Anti-Corruption Tribunal told AFP.

“We’re going to review their guilty pleas, deliberate on that and come up with sanctions within two weeks.”

Kasem added the sentence against Chowdhury will also be delivered in two weeks.

Six people, including ex-Bangladesh cricketer Mohammad Rafique, were cleared of all charges.

Thirty-five-year old batsman Vincent played for the Khulna Royals in the BPL. He represented the Kiwis in 23 Tests and 109 one-day internationals.

Lokuarachchi, 31, played four Tests