by Devanshu Mehta
On the 12th of February, 2013, during the Bangladesh Premier League, I wrote the following article accusing Mohammad Ashraful of match-fixing.
I never published it, because it’s a serious allegation that shouldn’t be made without clear evidence. Here is what I wrote:
Let me present to you the following, without comment.
On February 12, Barisal Burners played the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Dilshan opened with Mohammad Ashraful for Dhaka, who were already through to the next round.
After 10 overs, Ashraful had scored 16 off 23.
He was batting with Shakib Al Hasan.
Here is what happened in the 11th over, per Cricinfo:
Hamid Hassan to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, short delivery and played to point, Ashraful called for the run and hesitated in the end, Shakib responded to the call and left his crease, and easy run out at the bowlers end, Ashraful what have you just done?
Shakib Al Hasan run out 8 (9m 2b 0x4 1×6) SR: 400.00
Immediately, Mohammad Isam, Bangladesh’s Cricinfo correspondent on Twitter:
A little while later, Ashraful ran himself out.
The YouTube video that I had a link to is now gone, but if you ever find a video of Match 38 of BPL 2013, Shakib’s run out is worth watching.