Monday, September 26, 2022

Shakib Al Hasan banned from International cricket for two years


Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan suspended from all forms of cricket for the next two year after accepting three anti-corruption charges. According to ICC media release, the bookie had approached Shakib Al Hasan three times in 2018, once during the tri-series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and other during the IPL. Shakib Al Hasan accepted all the mistake, and he feels sad for this.

“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,” one of the imposed charges on Shakib read.

“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 (anti-corruption unit) 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 statement.

“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.

. “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,” The ICC’s anti-corruption general manager Alex Marshall said in a statement.

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“Shakib has accepted his errors and co-operated 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 bookie Mr Agarwal contacted to Shakib Al Hasan via WhatsApp and both use to make the conversation through the WhatsApp. But Shakib al Hahan said that he did not give the inside information to bookie which he asked.

Here are more details of that conversation (credit – Crictracker)

On 26 April 2018, he (Shakib) played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in its IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.

He received a WhatsApp message from Mr Aggarwal that day asking him whether a particular player was going to be playing in the game that day, i.e. again asking for Inside Information.

Mr Aggarwal continued this conversation with him by talking about bitcoins, dollar accounts and asked him for his dollar account details. During this conversation, he told Mr Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him “first”.

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.

He confirmed that 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.

He did not report any of the contacts and approaches received from Mr Aggarwal on 26 April 2018 to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.



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