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Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib al Hasan has now opened up on the incidents that led to his ban in world cricket. Shakib was banned for two years, one year of it suspended, for failing to report corrupt approaches during an IPL edition by an alleged Indian bookie named Deepak Aggarwal.
Shakib Al Hasan is currently facing a two-year ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not reporting corrupt approaches from bookies. Shakib emerged as the greatest all-rounder in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The ace allrounder scored five fifties along with two centuries in just eight matches. That’s not it. His left-arm off-spin fetched 11 wickets in the tournament.
Now, Shakib has revealed the incidents that unfolded before his ban and what actually led to it, Shakib has also advised the youngsters to learn from his mistakes.
Shakib al Hasan Opens Up On His International Ban
“I took the approaches too casually When I met the anti-corruption guy and told them and they knew everything. Gave them all the evidence and they knew everything that happened,” Shakib told Harsha Bhogle on ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation’.
“To be honest, that’s the only reason I was banned for a year, otherwise I’d have been banned for five or 10 years,” he added on the ICC’s investigation. The 33-year-old, who was in brilliant form before the ban, amassing 606 runs in the 2019 World Cup in the UK, said he regrets how he went about the situation. “But I think that was a silly mistake I made. Because with my experience and the amount of international matches I’ve played and the amount of ICC’s anti-corruption code of conduct classes I took, I shouldn’t have made that decision, to be honest,” Shakib added.
Shakib al Hasan Has A Message For The Youngsters
“I regret that. No one should take such messages or calls (from bookies) lightly or leave it away. We must inform the ICC ACSU guy to be on the safe side and that’s the lesson I learnt, and I think I learnt a big lesson,” he added.
The all-rounder, whose ban ends on October 29, said he became a bit arrogant and never felt he was doing anything wrong by not reporting the bookie’s approach immediately.
“Because you do most things right in your life, you tend to get arrogant with some decisions. You may not realise but you’re doing wrong by the books. It never came to my mind that I am doing something wrong. It was just a feeling of ‘okay, what’s going to happen, leave it’ and I continued with my life. But that’s the mistake I made. And that happens,” Shakib said.
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