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ICC Bans Shakib Al Hasan for Two Years for Breaching Anti-Corruption Code

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan from all cricket for two years, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Cricketnext Staff |October 29, 2019, 9:51 PM IST
ICC Bans Shakib Al Hasan for Two Years for Breaching Anti-Corruption Code

The International Cricket Council has banned Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan from all cricket for two years, with one year suspended, for failing to report three corrupt approaches, including one at the IPL.

The charges relate to Article 2.4.4, which relate to failure to disclose full details of approaches to fixing, on three separate occasions.

Shakib admitted the charges and agreed to the sanctions. Subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction, Shakib will be free to resume international cricket on October 29 2020.

Shakib was spoken to by the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit in January and August this year and he failed to report the approaches made to him by "an individual known to the ACU and suspected of involvement in corruption in cricket, Deepak Aggarwal."

The ICC said Aggarwal had asked Shakib to provide information on team composition and strategy on three separate occasions, one of them being April 26, 2018 when his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad was to take on Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers won the game by 13 runs.

"These messages on 26 April 2018 included a number of deleted messages. He confirmed that these deleted messages contained requests from Mr Aggarwal for Inside Information," the ICC stated.

Aggarwal's other two approaches were during the Bangladesh Premier League when Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in 2017, followed by the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January 2018.

Aggarwal, the ICC said, wanted to meet Shakib but the cricketer didn't oblige as "he had concerns over Mr Aggarwal, feeling he was a bit 'dodgy', and that, following their conversations, he had the feeling that Mr Aggarwal was a bookie," it added.

"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.

“Like the majority of players and fans around the world, I want cricket to be a corruption free sport and I am looking forward to working with the ICC ACU team to support their education programme and ensure young players don’t make the same mistake I did.”

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager - Integrity said: “Shakib Al Hasan is a highly experienced international cricketer. He has attended many education sessions and knows his obligations under the Code. He should have reported each of these approaches.

“Shakib has accepted his errors and cooperated fully with the investigation. He has offered to assist the Integrity Unit in future education, to help younger players to learn from his mistakes. I am happy to accept this offer.”

The news comes as a body blow to Bangladesh, for Shakib is among their best players. He has more than 11,000 runs and over 500 wickets across three formats.

He was also in peak form in the World Cup this year, scoring 606 runs and picking up 11 wickets.

Shakib will now miss Bangladesh's upcoming tour of India, the IPL 2020 and at least part of the T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

(With PTI inputs)

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