‘2 years isn’t enough’, Twitter erupts after ICC impose ban on Shakib Al Hasan | SEE
Bangladesh national cricket team captain Shakib Al Hasan (C) speaks with media as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon (L) stands next to him at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on October 29, 2019. - Bangladesh captain and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was banned on October 29 from all cricket for two years, with one year suspended, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said. The ban came after Shakib "accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code", the sport's governing body said in a statement. (Photo by STR / AFP)
World number one ODI and star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was handed a two-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday, and will be out of the game at least till October 2020.
The ban was the result of an investigation which revealed that he failed to report three corrupt approaches by a suspected Indian bookie. One of the incidents reportedly took place during the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
A wave of shock has followed his news of suspension in the world of cricket as many could not believe that a player of Shakib’s stature could fall into corruption and questioned how could he have failed to report such happenings.
Some were sceptical and found the timing of the incident odd especially when the Bangladesh star led recent players’ protest against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) which eventually got resolved.
Here’s how the cricket world is reacting to Shakib’s ban:
No sympathy whatâ€™s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan … Non whatâ€™s so ever … In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & cant do and what that have to report straight away … 2 yrs isnâ€™t enough … Should have been longer …
â€” Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019
So Shakib Al Hasanâ€™s ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad.
â€” Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 29, 2019
More I think about Sakib withholding information of being approached by bookies, lesser is my sympathy for him. Heâ€™s not a rookie. He onows the laws. Given his experience and stature he should have been among the staunchest custodians of cricket. Terribly disappointing
â€” Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 29, 2019
The news of Shakib being banned for two years for failing to report “approaches to indulge in corrupt practices” is huge and terrible for the game in Bangladesh. Shakib is thier highest earning cricketer and was in the best position to set an example by reporting an offer
â€” Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2019
No player today, let alone as high profile a cricketer as Shakib, can afford to be ignorant of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Even young players in age-group cricket are advised to report approaches. To let three such approaches go by is very strange https://t.co/KgtYBWOj13
â€” Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2019
Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh’s best cricketer – being banned from all cricket for two years is shocking, but what’s more shocking is that he chose not to disclose the approach to engage in corrupt conduct not once, but thrice!
â€” Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2019
shakib hasn’t reported 3 separate approaches as per the ICC media release…boggles the mind why he wouldn’t
â€” Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 29, 2019
While I felt two years was harsh the more I read and think I have to say Shakib must have known what he was doing and that withholding info wasnâ€™t an inadvertent act but rather a very deliberate one. Plain stupid from a player of his stature.
â€” Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 30, 2019
Iâ€™m not going to judge Shakib for not reporting it until the full story is out. Bookies are mixed up with some scary people. Must be terrifying and intimidating to be approached to fix.
â€” Bilal (@billz_25) October 29, 2019
Shakib being banned is quite a shocker. He’s easily the biggest Bangladeshi player. How this happened is going to be quite a story
â€” Nishtha Kanal Revankar (@RootKanal) October 29, 2019
Shakibâ€™s suspension is terrible news for Bangladesh & deals their T20 World Cup campaign a massive blow. Bangladesh are favourites to join the group featuring India, England, South Africa & Afghanistan in the Super 12s & will be notably weaker without their talisman. #T20WorldCup
â€” Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) October 29, 2019
ICC need to investigate how long BCB knew about this.
The timing stinks of politics and retaliation after the recent player strike (Shakib led) and then Shakib’s request to first miss one India Test (wife was pregnant) but change his mind and then refuse to play the entire series
â€” Imy (@PakCricket_) October 29, 2019
So failure to report corrupt approaches is also punishable.
Funny how actual corrupt practice can be evaded though. How corrupt is that.
Feel sorry for him!#ShakibAlHasanhttps://t.co/PzMgTKTEeM
â€” Rishabh (@rishthelangur) October 29, 2019
Though he has been banned for two years, the last 12 months of the period is a suspended sentence which will only come into effect if the cricketer fails to comply with the anti-corruption code of the ICC.
However, the first 12 months that he will have to mandatorily serve will see him out of the IPL 2019 and the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year from October 18 to November 15.
The 32-year-old cricketer has been one of the greatest all-rounders of the game in the past decade. He has single-handedly won several matches for his team and had a prolific World Cup earlier this year with 606 runs and 11 wickets from nine matches.