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The 30-year-old Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). This decision has come after he accepted the match-fixing charges.
On last Sunday (10th May), the ACB announced the suspension decision of Shafiqullah Shafaq. His charges relate to the Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APL T20) 2018 and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2019. He breached four articles of the Anti-Corruption Code which are related to match-fixing.
ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption manager, Mr. Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said, “This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018. The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his teammates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019.”
“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB’s ACU. Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived.”
Shafaq breached the Anti-Corruption Code Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.1.4 and 2.4.4.
The Article 2.1.1 states, ” Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match, including (without limitation) by deliberately underperforming therein.”
The Article 2.1.3 relates to, “Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match improperly…”
On the other hand, Article 2.1.4 says, “Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.”
According to Article 2.4.4, it claims, “Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by a Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under ACB Anti-Corruption Code.”
Since Afghanistan started its international cricket journey in 2009, Shafiqullah Shafaq becomes the first Afghanistan cricketer to face the charge for the involvement in fixing.
Shafiqullah Shafaq is holding the record of fastest double-century in first-class cricket
Shafaq made his international debut in September 2009, and he played 24 ODIs and 46 T20Is where the right-handed batsman scored 430 and 494 runs respectively. He played the last ODI on 27th August 2018 (against Ireland at Belfast) and the last T20I on 21st September 2019 (against Bangladesh at Chattogram).
On the other hand, Shafaq played eight first-class matches, 55 List A matches and 79 T20s. He is holding the record of fastest double-century in first-class cricket as he reached the 200 runs mark in just 89 balls and 103 minutes.