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Hossain and Alam confirm corruption allegations

Mahbubul Alam

Mahbubul Alam

Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain and fast bowler Mahbubul Alam have confirmed that they are among the nine individuals accused by the International Cricket Council after ACSU’s investigation on alleged corruption during this season’s BPL.

Mahbubul, who has played three Test matches, met BCB officials in Mirpur yesterday after which he spoke to the media, while Mosharraf is in the United Kingdom, playing league cricket.

Their confirmation follows those of Dhaka Gladiators team-mates Mohammad Ashraful and Kent allrounder Darren Stevens, although the ICC has declined to name any of the nine individuals.

“I have been given the charge letter,” Mosharraf told ESPNcricinfo today. “I have met the ACSU twice in Dhaka as part of their investigation. But the matches they have mentioned, the scorecard says I have done well. How can I do well and be involved in such a thing? Someone must have made me a scapegoat.”

On Wednesday, Mahbubul issued a similar statement, claiming his innocence. “I received a charge letter,” Mahbubul said. “I have been accused of fixing the matches that the Dhaka Gladiators played against Barisal Burners and Chittagong Kings. They, however, didn’t say as to what my exact offence was. The ACSU met me three times, but they only asked me what I did.

“I am completely innocent. I haven’t done anything wrong. I am going to appoint a lawyer for the forthcoming legal battle as soon as possible.” Mahbubul, who last played for Bangladesh in 2009, featured in three matches for Dhaka Gladiators this season.

In his first match against Chittagong Kings, he gave away 26 in two overs, which included a nine-ball second over. In his next match, against Khulna Royal Bengals, Mahbubul conceded 21 in his only over, while in the third, against Barisal Burners, he didn’t bowl and only scored 6.

Mosharraf, who has played three One-Day Internationals, took 17 wickets in the tournament, and was Man-of-the-Match in the BPL final. (cricinfo)

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