No sympathy whatsoever for Shakib Al Hasan: Michael Vaughan on Bangladesh all-rounder's ban

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India Today

Author 2019-10-30 11:19:00

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Shakib Al Hasan is the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ICC banned Shakib Al Hasan for 2 years (1 of which is suspended) on Tuesday
  • Shakib was charged for not reporting approaches from an alleged Indian bookie on multiple occasions
  • The top-ranked ODI all-rounder will be free to resume international cricket on 29 October, 2020

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday pledged support to banned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan but the cricketing fraternity is still in shock as to how the nation's Test and T20I captain failed to report corrupt approaches made to him by bookies on multiple occasions in the recent past.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was fuming after he learnt of Shakib's ban and said that two years (1 of which is suspended) is nearly not enough for a cricketer of his stature.

With a year of ban to be served, Shakib can return to international cricket only from October 29, 2020 -- meaning he will be out of Indian Premier League 2020 and T20 World Cup 2020.

"No sympathy what's so ever for Shakib Al Hasan ... Non what'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 isn't enough ... Should have been longer," Vaughan tweeted.

Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja meanwhile, feels that Shakib's ban serves as a lesson for all other cricketers and just goes to show that no player is bigger than the sport itself.

"So Shakib Al Hasan'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," Raja tweeted.

Shakib, who has been found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, was charged for not reporting approaches from an alleged Indian bookie twice during a tri-series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January 2018 and once during the IPL in April 2018.

Shakib, who is the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs, accepted all 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 free to resume international cricket on 29 October 2020.

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