Shakib Al Hasan, the current best all-rounder has been handed over a suspension of two years from all cricket. He failed to report approaches made to him from bookies on numerous occasions and hence the International Cricket Council took the decision.
There was a buzz all around regarding Shakib’s suspension that was confirmed on Tuesday by the global body of cricket. According to the ICC, the captain of Bangladesh Test and T20 team did not inform them about the approaches from a bookie on multiple occasions. Shakib was found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. He violated “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”, and “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.”
What Shakib says
One of the finest all-rounders of all time, Shakib, under the provisions of Code, admitted all three charges and he agreed with the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. After hearing about his suspension Shakib said that he understands how failed to fulfil his duty. “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.” He also added that his intention is also to keep the game corruption-free. “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,” Shakib said after accepting the ban.