Cor­rup­tion ban for Bangladesh skip­per Shakib

Scottish Daily Mail - - Cricket - by RICHARD GIBSON

Bangladesh cap­tain shakib al hasan has been hit with a two-year ban as part of a global crack­down on cor­rup­tion. shakib, skip­per of his coun­try in Tests and Twenty20, is one of the big­gest names on the white-ball scene and is ranked the world’s top all-rounder. he was the third high­est scorer at the last Cricket World Cup, smash­ing 121 against eng­land in Cardiff.

he has been pun­ished for fail­ing to re­port mul­ti­ple requests for in­side in­for­ma­tion from an al­leged book­maker, deepak ag­gar­wal.

a year of the 32-year-old’s ban — af­ter he ac­cepted the sanc­tion — will be sus­pended, mean­ing he will be avail­able on Oc­to­ber 20, 2020, just in time for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup.

he pleaded guilty to three charges un­der the ICC’s an­ti­cor­rup­tion code re­lat­ing to matches in the 2018 In­dian Premier league and a tri-series in­volv­ing sri lanka, Zim­babwe and Bangladesh.

‘I am ex­tremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I ac­cept my sanc­tion,’ said shakib. ‘The ICC anti-cor­rup­tion unit is re­liant on play­ers to play a cen­tral part in the fight against cor­rup­tion and I didn’t do my duty.

‘I want cricket to be cor­rup­tion­free and I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the ICC to en­sure young play­ers don’t make the same mis­take I did.’

shakib was in­ter­viewed twice by the au­thor­i­ties this year — in Jan­uary and au­gust. In the sec­ond meet­ing he ad­mit­ted three counts of fail­ing to re­port ap­proaches.

alex Mar­shall, the for­mer po­lice con­sta­ble who heads the ICC’s anti-cor­rup­tion unit (aCU), said: ‘shakib al hasan is a highly ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional crick­eter. he has at­tended ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions and knows his obli­ga­tions. he should have re­ported each of these ap­proaches. shakib has ac­cepted his er­rors and co­op­er­ated fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.’

shakib told the aCU that he had nei­ther acted upon nor pro­vided in­for­ma­tion — or re­ceived any re­ward — following sev­eral Whats-app chats with ag­gar­wal, de­spite his con­tact ask­ing, af­ter a match on Jan­uary 19, 2018: ‘do we work in this or I wait til the IPl?’

dur­ing the IPl later that year, ag­gar­wal asked shakib if a cer­tain player would be in the side.


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