England's Darren Stevens cleared of match fixing charge
England all-rounder Darren Stevens has reportedly been cleared of a match fixing charge in connection with an alleged conspiracy in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The Kent cricketer, who had played 12 matches for the Dhaka Gladiators in the BPL last year, was found not guilty by a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) anti-corruption tribunal of failing to report a corrupt approach.
According to the BBC, Stevens, who had denied any wrongdoing, said that it has been a long journey for him, adding that he would like to express his gratitude o all those who have supported him in his troubled times.
Stevens further said that he has always played cricket honestly, with integrity, and to the best of his ability, adding that he has loved playing cricket in Bangladesh, as well as everywhere else in the world, and he hopes that he would be allowed to continue to play cricket globally.
The report mentioned that the ICC charged nine individuals in relation to 'an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing activity'.
Under the BCB's code, an individual who pleads guilty, or is found guilty by tribunal, of failing to report a corrupt approach faces sanctions - which could include a global suspension of between one and five years.
The report further said that Stevens, who has scored more than 11,500 first-class runs at an average of 35.29 - including 28 centuries, is now free to prepare for the 18th season of his county career.
(Posted on 27-02-2014)