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Took Approaches by Bookie Too Casually: Shakib al Hasan on One Year Ban

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan was banned for failing to report corrupt approaches by an India bookie Deepak Aggarwal during IPL. Now the star player regrets his decision and terms it as "silly mistake".

Cricketnext Staff |June 24, 2020, 4:31 PM IST
Took Approaches by Bookie Too Casually: Shakib al Hasan on One Year Ban

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan was banned for failing to report corrupt approaches by an India bookie Deepak Aggarwal during IPL. Now the star player regrets his decision and terms it as "silly mistake".

Talking to Cricbuzz, he said, "I took the approaches too casually. When I met the anti-corruption guy and told them and they knew everything. Gave them all the evidence and they knew everything that happened."

"To be honest, that's the only reason I was banned for a year, otherwise I'd have been banned for five or 10 years," he added on the ICC's investigation.

"But I think that was a silly mistake I made. Because with my experience and the amount of international matches I've played and the amount of ICC's anti-corruption code of conduct classes I took, I shouldn't have made that decision, to be honest."

But having learnt his lesson the hard way. his advice to the youngsters is never to take an approach by a bookie lightly.

"I regret that. No one should take such messages or calls (from bookies) lightly or leave it away. We must inform the ICC ACSU guy to be on the safe side and that's the lesson I learnt, and I think I learnt a big lesson," he added.

The all-rounder went on to say that he became a bit arrogant and felt he was not doing anything wrong by not reporting the incident.

"Because you do most things right in your life, you tend to get arrogant with some decisions. You may not realise but you're doing wrong by the books. It never came to my mind that I am doing something wrong."

"It was just a feeling of 'okay, what's going to happen, leave it' and I continued with my life. But that's the mistake I made. And that happens," Shakib said.

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