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Eight-year ban for Ashraful

Former Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful has been banned for eight years after being found guilty of match-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 competition last year.

The 29-year-old, who made his international debut 13 years ago, admitted to his involvement in match-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League after being quizzed by ICC anti-corruption officials in June 2013.

Khademul Islam Chowdhury, head of a special tribunal set up by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, said: "Mohammad Ashraful was found guilty of all four charges and has been banned from cricket for eight years.\"

Ashraful's lawyer Samit Patel says they will consider an appeal: "We will decide on that after getting the copy of the verdict.\"

The Dhaka-born batsman has played 61 Tests and 177 ODIs, with his most recent taste of international cricket coming 13 months ago.

The tribunal also announced that New Zealander Lou Vincent and Sri Lankan Kaushal Lokuarachchi have been banned for three years and 18 months respectively for failing to inform the authorities that they had been approached to fix matches while playing in the BPL.

The managing director of BPL champions Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdury, was banned for 10 years for his part in the scandal.