Shakib Al Hasan banned by ICC for failing to report approaches from suspected Indian bookie
- The ICC banned Shakib for two years (with one year of that suspended) after he accepted charges of breaching ICC Code
- "I am obviously extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction," said Shakib
- Shakib will miss next year's IPL and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020
Along with the upcoming Bangladesh tour of India, which starts from November 3, Shakib will now miss next year's Indian Premier League and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, 2020.
“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 is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn’t do my duty in this instance," Shakib was quoted as saying by an ICC media release.
“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,” he added.
“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, said Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager (Integrity).
“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,” Alex further stated.
Two years ago, a bookie had approached Shakib with an offer before an international match, which he did not report to the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
The ban will compound the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) problems ahead of the tour of India.
In his absence, senior-most player Mushfiqur Rahim might lead the team in Tests while one among Mahmudullah Riyadh Mosaddek Hosain is set to be the skipper in the three T20 Internationals.
Shakib recently spearheaded a players' strike before calling it off after the BCB assured that their demands, including a pay hike, will be fulfilled.
He is unarguably one of the greats of the game in Bangladesh with more than 11,000 runs and over 500 wickets across three formats.