Ahead of the upcoming India tour, Bangladesh cricket team has got a major blow. The 32-year-old Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has faced the two-year ban from all cricket, with one year of that suspended, for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
On Tuesday (29th October), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced this decision on Shakib Al Hasan. The ICC has put three charges against Shakib for not disclosing the full details of corrupt approaches to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
Shakib got two corrupt approaches during the home ODI tri-series in January 2018. Apart from the hosts Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe also participated in that tournament. Shakib was the third most run-scorer (163 runs) and joint second-most wicket-taker (nine wickets) in that tournament.
The ICC’s ACU has found him guilty in another charge which is related to the Indian Premier League (IPL). During the IPL 2018 game between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Hyderabad (Deccan), Shakib received another corrupt approach. Incidentally, the all-rounder Shakib played important roles in that game where his team SRH won by 13 runs. Apart from scoring 28 runs off 29 balls, Shakib also had the impressive bowling figures of 3-0-18-2.
Here are the details of all the three charges against Shakib Al Hasan:
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
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.
The Bangladesh all-rounder can restart international cricket on 29th October 2020
Shakib has admitted all three charges against him. He has further accepted the sanction in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.
The icc-cricket.com further added, “Subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction, he will be free to resume international cricket on 29 October 2020.”
The 32-year-old Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has also given his opinion after facing this ban.
Shakib said, “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 programme and ensure young players don’t make the same mistake I did.”
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has already announced the T20I squad for the upcoming India tour. In the initial T20I squad, Shakib Al Hasan was the captain. But due to the latest suspension, Shakib will be unavailable for every cricket action till 28th October 2020.