Shakib Al Hasan Gets Two-Year Ban after Failing to Report Bookie Approaches

By Dipto paul
Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan, has been banned from all cricket for two years with one year of that sentence suspended.
The decision was taken by the ICC on Tuesday after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code.
ICC charged Shakib under Article 2.4.4, where he did not report to ICC after refusing bookie approaches while Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe Tri-Series was going on during 2018 and also in the Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The 32 years old all-rounder would be free to resume international cricket in October 2020, in the meantime he has to satisfy the conditions of the suspended part of the sanction.
Shakib said in a statement, “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 (anti-corruption unit) 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”.
The ICC’s anti-corruption general manager Alex Marshall said in a statement, “Shakib Al Hasan is a highly experienced international cricketer. He has attended many education sessions and knows his obligations under the code. He should have reported each of these approaches”.
“Shakib has accepted his errors and co-operated fully with the investigation. He has offered to assist the Integrity Unit in future education, to help younger players to learn from his mistakes. I am happy to accept this offer”, Added Marshall.
As Shakib will be out of the field for one year, it is obvious that he will miss the next years headline events including the world T20 in Australia.
“We hope he will come back as a better and wiser cricketer and serve Bangladesh for many more years” BCB President Nazmul Hassan said.
Shakib, is Bangladesh’s top cricketer and among their all-time greats.
He is currently at No. 3, No. 1 and No. 2 in the ICC all rounders’ rankings for Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively, and is also a valuable member of the various T20 franchises he is part of across the world.