Shakib Al Hasan, one of the prominent all rounder of world cricket, has been banned from playing all the forms of cricket for 2 long years. Shakib was banned from cricket on Tuesday after he accepted the charges of breaching the ICC’s Anti Corruption Code. The all-rounder also admitted to the charges and agreed to the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.
The cricketer was banned due to not reporting about the approaches he got from a Indian bookie, Deepak Aggarwal. In January 2018, Shakib was selected as part of the Bangladesh team participating in a Tri-Series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. During this series, he and Mr. Aggarwal engaged in further WhatsApp conversations.
According to Hindu report, On 19 January 2018, he received a WhatsApp message from Mr. Aggarwal congratulating him for being named Man of the Match in that day’s game. Mr. Aggarwal followed this message with a message saying “do we work in this or I wait till the IPL”.
On 23 January 2018, he received another WhatsApp message from Mr. Aggarwal in which Mr. Aggarwal made another approach to him to provide him with Inside Information, saying “Bro anything in this series?”. On 26, April, 2018, Aggarwal, when Shakib was playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings 11 Punjab, Aggarwal through Whatsapp asked Shakib whether a particular player was playing in the game that day which against asking Inside information.
The cricketer didn’t report any of these to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority. The ICC said that the charges levied on Shakib are:
- 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.
“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”. said Shakib after getting banned.
“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,” he added.