ICC bans Shakib Al Hasan for two years
Bangladesh Test captain Shakib Al Hasan has been given a two-year ban for “failing to report corrupt approaches”.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Bangladesh Test and T20 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.
The ICC announced via a media release on Tuesday. Shakib was found to be in breach of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code for failing to report an approach by bookies. According to the media release, Shakib was approached during the home tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka last year in January before he was approached a second time during the same series.
He also failed to report an approach during the IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018. Shakib will be free to resume international cricket from October, subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction. Shakib said he was extremely sad following the incident. “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. “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 program and ensure young players don’t make the same mistake I did,” Shakib said. Shakib admitted to all three charges of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The Test and T20 skipper said that he will return to cricket stronger with the people’s support. “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,” he added. Shakib can return to cricket on October 29 given he complies with ACU’s conditions of not committing any offense under the Code or the rules of the national cricket federation and also participate in anti-corruption education and rehabilitation programs. The ace all-rounder said that he can return stronger. “The way that the cricket fans, the people of Bangladesh, the BCB, the government during my good and bad times, I wish that your support will always remain. If I have that support, I will be able to return to cricket very soon and be able to fulfill my duties stronger than before and with more responsibility.” “If ICC takes any step, then there will have no enough scope to do for him [Shakib],” Prime minister said at a press conference responding to a query about a media report on Shakib that the all-rounder is set to be banned by ICC for not reporting a corrupt approach. Stating that Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is always with Shakib, the premier said, “It’s right that he made the mistake and he realized it. Yet, the BCB will be with him (Shakib)” she said.
Bangladesh cricket board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said: “While the BCB is shocked and extremely disappointed that an experienced player like Shakib had failed to report corrupt approach on three occasions, at the same time we are pleased that he has cooperated fully with the ICC ACU and has pledged his commitment to its education program. The BCB respects the ICC’s decision and shares similar sentiments against corruption in cricket.”