Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-Mohammad Ashraful will appeal against the eight-year ban given to him by Bangladesh cricket authorities after he was found guilty of spot-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 tournament.

Ashraful admitted to have helped in fixing matches during the second edition of Bangladesh Premier League, reports gocricket.

The former captain will file the appeal in the coming week and is also hopeful of getting access to Bangladesh Cricket Board's training facilities.

"I think I still have a week left to lodge the appeal. I will make it within this time. At the same time I am trying to meet a trainer to put together a training programme for myself," he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has refused to comment on the future of suspended allrounder Shakib Al Hasan.

"That's an internal matter. I don't want to discuss in public. What we are doing is what we are doing. It's for the betterment of Bangladesh cricket as well as the betterment of the individual players. We will do the best for the Bangladesh team," Hathurusingha said.

Shakib, 27, is set to miss Bangladesh's West Indies tour beginning next month and a home series against Zimbabwe after being banned by the BCB for six months.

The board president had said that Shakib has a "sever attitude" problem which is having an impact on the team.

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