Shakib banned by ICC: Bangladesh cricketer suspended for 2 yrs after failing to report match-fixing approach
Coming as massive blow to the Bangladesh cricket team ahead of their tour to India on Tuesday, legendary Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not addressing the match-fixing approach. According to the official verdict given by the global governing body of cricket, Shakib has been axed from playing cricket across all formats for two years. The ICC also confirmed that the tainted Bangladeshi all-rounder has also agreed to comply with the series of charges drawn against him under the ICC-ant-corruption code.
Thus, Shakib has accepted to the three charges of breaking the anti-corruption code of the apex cricket board. The charges include the failure of disclosing the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit about the invites made for the 2018 Tri-Series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January along with 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season in which Shakib plied his trade for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shakib was released by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) prior to his signing with the Hyderabad giants in India's cash-rich domestic league at the time.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina vows to back Shakib
"Under the provisions of the Code, Mr Al Hasan chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing," the ICC said. "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," it added. Reacting to Shakib's banishment by the ICC for the first time, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the apex board of the Bangladesh cricket will always back their captain and are ready to help the tainted cricketer in every possible manner.
'Extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love'
The Bangladesh captain has been been given a 24 month-suspension which includes a one year ban from the IPL, meaning the experienced campaigner will not be part of the Tigers' squad for the upcoming tour to India. "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 said in a media release shared by the ICC.