Three Bangladeshis under scanner: Gazi lashes out
Discarded Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi has brushed aside the allegations of corruption in the recent Abu Dhabi T10 League.
According to a report published in Bangladeshi national daily Samakal on Friday (February 19), three Bangladeshi cricketers are among the suspect list of five for committing potential corruption like match or spot fixing in the T10 League.
The three suspected Bangladeshi cricketers, as per the report, are: Monir Hossain (Pune Devils), Mukhtar Ali and Sohag Gazi (Maratha Arabians).
While Pune Devils were captained by Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain, another Bangladeshi cricketer Mosaddek Hossain skippered the Maratha Arabians side.
Monir took part in the last match despite not being full fit. On the other hand, Sohag Gazi was roped in by the Arabians without being in the players’ draft.
The Samakal report suggested that these incidents have been pointed out as suspicios by ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU), and they are now investigating the matters.
Quoting a T10 official, the report also informed that Maratha Arabians bowling attack has been brought under the scanner, and this side had Mukhtar and Sohag.
But Sohag claimed that he has not been contacted by any ACSU members yet.
“No one asked me anything. The ACSU never contacted me. Then why are you (reporters) pointing fingers at me?” asked Sohag while talking to BDCricTime.
“We had been in the bio-bubble all along. We could not go out or talk to anyone from outside. Anti corruption officials were also there. First we had meetings with the ACSU, then we took the field to play. But the way news is publishing is not right,” he added.
Sohag also insisted that his performances in the league prove that he was not involved in any wrongdoings.
“We went (in Abu Dhabi), played, and came back. We were never interrogated. Then why would we be accused of? You can also look at the performances.”
In the first match against Northern Warriors, Sohag did not have to bat or bowl. In the next three matches, he returned figures of 0/15, 1/17 and 1/15, respectively.