Shakib Al Hasan likely to be banned by ICC for not reporting match-fixing offer: Report
Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan might face a ban of up to 18 months by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not reporting a match-fixing approach, as per a report in a leading Bangladesh daily. The development comes as a huge blow to the side ahead of their tour of India which gets underway on November 03 with a three-match T20I series followed by a two-match Test series.
Reportedly, Shakib was approached by a bookie with a match-fixing offer two years ago. Though the all-rounder denied the offer, he did not report the unlawful approach and has now landed in trouble. As per the report, the ICC found out about the match-fixing approach after tracking call records of the bookie, who has been blacklisted by the international board. Shakib had failed to inform about the approach to the ICC's Anti-Corruption Department and is now likely to face action.
The report further states that Shakib has already met and spoken to ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been informed about the potential ban which can be imposed on the player. Shakib will be banned from all forms of cricket with six months being the minimum period of punishment he can be handed. The ICC is expected to confirm Shakib's ban soon, as per the report.
The all-rounder had a magnificent World Cup 2019 campaign for his side where he notched up a staggering 606 runs in eight innings and also picked up eleven wickets. However, Bangladesh failed to come together as a unit and did not qualify for the knockout stages. Post the World Cup, Shakib played for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe and Afghanistan but is unlikely to come to India for their one-month-long tour.
Shakib has not attended Bangladesh's training session ahead of the team's departure for India. He was recently involved in the protest staged by the players against the BCB asking for their 11-point demands to be fulfilled. However, the issues have been resolved now but their remains uncertainty over Shakib's inclusion in the squads for the India tour.