<div class="img-caption-wrap img-caption-wrap-left"> <img alt="Mohammad Ashraful a great young kid, feel sorry for him: Ex-Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130606131036.jpeg" title="Mohammad Ashraful a great young kid, feel sorry for him: Ex-Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:290px;"> Jamie Siddons feels Mohammad Ashraful (above) must have been ensnared by the "powerful beast of underworld gambling" © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Wellington: Jun 6, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Former Bangladesh cricket coach <a href="/tags/Jamie-Siddons/post" target="_blank">Jamie Siddons</a> sayid ex-captain <a href="/tags/Mohammad-Ashraful/post" target="_blank">Mohammad Ashraful</a> shouldn't be judged too harshly for his involvement in match-fixing because he was likely ensnared by the "powerful beast of underworld gambling" at an early age.<br /> <br /> Siddons, who now coaches New Zealand's Wellington province, told the <em>Dominion-Post</em> newspaper he alerted the Bangladesh Cricket Board (<a href="/tags/BCB/post" target="_blank">BCB</a>) and International Cricket Council (<a href="/tags/ICC/post" target="_blank">ICC</a>) to the threat of spot-fixing during his four-year term as Bangladesh coach from 2007 to 2011.<br /> <br /> Ashraful admitted to match and spot-fixing in the Bangladesh Premier League (<a href="/tags/BPL/post" target="_blank">BPL</a>) after being suspended by the BCB on Tuesday. He is being investigated by the ICC.<br /> <br /> The Australian-born Siddons said he wasn't surprised to hear of Ashraful's involvement, saying "it's disappointing but I don't think it's surprising. It's a powerful beast the underworld gambling."<br /> <br /> Siddons said he "made my thoughts known a while ago to the (Bangladesh) cricket board and the ICC," warning of the threat of spot fixing.<br /> <br /> He said young players were often vulnerable to financial temptation and Ashraful was probably sought out by the match-fixers while still in his teens.<br /> <br /> "People like Ashraful, he's got 15 people living in his house, he feeds probably five families and on a cricketer's wage," Siddons said. "Over there it's near impossible so you can almost understand. It's a different world than we live in. It's a tough world for him."<br /> <br /> Siddons said he feels disappointed for his former charge.<br /> <br /> "He's a great young kid... He probably got roped in as a 15 year old, when he first started, by some other people. I feel a bit sorry for him but I don't condone it at all."