Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh captain and world No.1 ODI all-rounder, has been banned for two years (one of those suspended), by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to report corrupt approaches on numerous occasions.
I have so enjoyed watching Shakib play cricket and I hope to see him emerge from this and continue to show his value on a cricket ground.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2019
“I am obviously extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches. The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn’t do my duty in this instance,” Shakib said in a media release of the ICC.
In a statement released the ICC wrote that the southpaw accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The charges are as follows:
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe Tri-Series in January 2018 and / or the 2018 IPL
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to a second approach in respect of the Tri-Series in January 2018
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to an IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018
Meanwhile, Shakib will miss next year’s Indian Premier League and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020.
Two years ago, a bookie had approached Shakib with an offer before an international match, which he did not report to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
The ban will compound the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) problems ahead of the tour of India.
In his absence, senior-most player Mushfiqur Rahim might lead the team in Tests while one among Mahmudullah Riyadh Mosaddek Hosain is set to be the skipper in the three T20 Internationals.
Shakib recently spearheaded a players’ strike before calling it off after the BCB assured that their demands, including a pay hike, will be fulfilled.
He is unarguably one of the greats of the game in Bangladesh with more than 11,000 runs and over 500 wickets across three formats.
(With PTI inputs)
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