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30 October, 2019 01:16:54 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 30 October, 2019 02:04:15 PM

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ICC bans Shakib for two years

He may return to field after one year as the 2nd year is suspended sanction
sports Reporter, Dhaka
ICC bans Shakib for two years
A dejected Shakib Al Hasan (R) comes out of the BCB building in the capital yesterday after his post-ban press conference. Independent photo

International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday banned Bangladesh Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan for two years but the cricket legend may return to the field after 12 months as the second year of the ban has been suspended. Under the provisions of the code, Shakib chose to admit three charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.

Subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction, he will be freed to resume international cricket on October 29, 2020. Shakib was approached by the bookies in 2010 and 2103 also but during that time he disclosed those facts to the ICC and the action was not taken. But this time when he was approached twice in 2018 Tri-series that involved Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and once in IPL 2018, he didn’t inform this matter.

In his reaction to the ICC decision, Shakib, during a press briefing at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) headquarters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur said he was sad over the ban but accepted the ICC decision. “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,” Shakib told the briefing. “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. I will cooperate with ICC and be involved in ACU’s education session so that young cricketers do not commit the same mistake in the future,” a visibly dejected Shakib said.

He also thanked all for the support he receives and said, “The way that cricket fans, the people of Bangladesh, the BCB, the government have supported me during my good and bad times, I wish that such support will always remain. If I have that support, I will be able to return to cricket very soon and be able to fulfill my duties stronger than before and with more responsibility.”

After Shakib’s speech, BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said the board was shocked to learn that Shakib failed to report approaches by bookies. He also said they would get behind Shakib and help him to comeback in cricket more strongly than the past.

 “While the BCB is shocked and extremely disappointed that an experienced player like Shakib had failed to report corrupt approach on three occasions, at the same time we are pleased that he has cooperated fully with the ICC ACU and has pledged his commitment to its education programme.” The BCB president said.

“It is really shocking as I earlier said we have to substitute for two cricketers, one Mashrafe as captain and Shakib as player. We will never get someone like them in future,” he said.

“We hope he will come back as a better and wiser cricketer and serve Bangladesh for many more years when his sanction will be over. During the suspension the BCB will continue to support his efforts at returning to cricket,” he added.

“The BCB respects the ICC’s decision and shares similar sentiments against corruption in cricket,” the BCB chief said.

The three charges that were brought against Shakib were his failure to disclose to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of 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 the 2018 IPL, said an ICC press release yesterday.

Shakib didn’t 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, the release said.

And the ace all-rounder fails 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.

There wasn’t clear explanation from him as to why he didn’t disclose the matter to ICC when he had earlier disclosed. But he accepted all charges.

Shakib Al Hasan is currently ranked 1 all-rounder in ODI cricket while he is ranked to 2 in T20 and No.3 in Test cricket.

He is also the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in all formats of cricket and second highest run-getter.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager (Integrity) said: “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 cooperated 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.”

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