'Bro, anything in this series?': Bookie to Shakib

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-30 12:53:00

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  • Shakib was on Tuesday handed a 2-year ban by the International Cricket Council for failing to report corrupt approaches made to him on multiple occasions
  • Shakib was allegedly approached by an Indian bookie named Deepak Aggarwal twice during a tri-series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January 2018 and once during IPL in April 2018
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DUBAI: After banning Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan from all forms of cricket for two years, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has released details of the cricketer's conversation with a bookie named Deepak Aggarwal.

In a media release, ICC mentioned that Shakib was approached by Aggarwal for the first time during 2017 and since then the cricketer remained in constant touch with him.

In November 2017, when Shakib was a member of the Dhaka Dynamites team, his number was provided to Aggarwal by some person. Aggarwal had asked this person to provide him contacts of players in the Bangladesh Premier League.

On January 19, 2018, Shakib received a message from Aggarwal congratulating him for being named man of the match in the tri-series involving Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka. The bookie followed it with another message saying "do we work in this or I wait till the IPL," the ICC said.

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On January 23, 2018, Shakib received another message from Aggarwal "Bro anything in this series?"

Shakib confirmed that the message was about providing Aggarwal information about the ongoing Tri-Series.

The all-rounder did not report this to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

Shakib was also in contact with Aggarwal during the 2018 IPL and received messages from the bookie for information.

Aggarwal also messaged Shakib about bitcoins, dollar accounts, and asked him for his account details. During this conversation, Shakib told Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him "first".

32-year-old Shakib was banned from all forms of cricket on Tuesday after he accepted the charges of breaching the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code.

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#In January 2018, he (Shakib) was selected as part of the Bangladesh team participating in a Tri-Series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. During this series, he and Mr Aggarwal engaged in further WhatsApp conversations.

#On 19 January 2018, he received a WhatsApp message from Mr Aggarwal congratulating him for being named man of the match in that day's game. Mr Aggarwal followed this message with a message saying "do we work in this or I wait till the IPL".

#The reference to "work" in this message was a reference to him providing Inside Information to Mr Aggarwal.

#He did not report this contact from Mr Aggarwal to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

#On 23 January 2018, he received another WhatsApp message from Mr Aggarwal in which Mr Aggarwal made another approach to him to provide him with Inside Information, saying "Bro anything in this series?"

#He confirmed that this message related to Mr Aggarwal's request to him to provide Mr Aggarwal with Inside Information in relation to the ongoing Tri-Series.

#He did not report this request for Inside Information from Mr Aggarwal to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

#On 26 April 2018, he played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in its IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.

#He received a WhatsApp message from Mr Aggarwal that day asking him whether a particular player was going to be playing in the game that day, i.e. again asking for Inside Information.

#Mr Aggarwal continued this conversation with him by talking about bitcoins, dollar accounts and asked him for his dollar account details. During this conversation, he told Mr Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him "first".

#These messages on 26 April 2018 included a number of deleted messages. He confirmed that these deleted messages contained requests from Mr Aggarwal for Inside Information.

#He confirmed that he had concerns over Mr Aggarwal, feeling he was a bit "dodgy", and that, following their conversations, he had the feeling that Mr Aggarwal was a bookie.

#He did not report any of the contact and approaches received from Mr Aggarwal on 26 April 2018 to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

#Mr Al Hasan told the ACU that he did not accept or act upon any of the approaches he received from Mr Aggarwal, in particular, he did not provide him with any of the information requested, nor did he accept or receive any money or other reward from Mr Aggarwal. However, he did not at any time report any of the approaches to the ACU or any other relevant authority.

Shakib will be able to play international cricket from October 29, 2020. However, this will depend on him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction.

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