Shakib barred from practice, faces possible ban: Report
- According to a leading Bengali daily in Bangladesh, Shakib has been kept away from practice on the insistence of ICC
- The report adds that the all-rounder faces an 18-month ban in relation to an offer from a bookie two years ago, which he did not report to ICC's anti-corruption unit
DHAKA: Bangladesh's top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is being kept away from practice ahead of the team's high-profile India tour on the International Cricket Council's (ICC) instructions, local media reported while claiming that the all-rounder is set to be banned for not reporting a corrupt approach.
The star player, who is also the country's Test and T20 skipper, reportedly could be be banned for 18 months by the ICC, compounding the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) problems ahead of the tour of India. The rubber, comprising three T20 Internationals and two Tests, starts November 3.
According to one of the country's leading Bengali daily 'Samakal', "It was on the insistence of ICC that Shakib has been kept away from practice by the BCB. That's the reason he neither featured in the practice games nor did he join the meeting late on Monday evening with the president to discuss pink ball Test."
The ICC has refrained from making any comment at this stage.
According to the daily, Shakib received an offer from a bookie before an international match two years ago, which he did not report to the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
The newspaper added that Shakib also confessed about it to the ACSU's investigating officers recently.
There has been uncertainty over Shakib's availability for the India assignments after he missed the pre-tour camp, including a practice game, in Mirpur.
The squad is set to leave for the neighbouring country on Wednesday and Shakib is not going to be a part of the touring party.
In his absence, senior-most player Mushfiqur Rahim might lead the team in Tests while one among Mahmudullah Riyad or Mosaddek Hosain is set to be the skipper in the three T20 Internationals.
The development only adds to the problems of BCB, which is trying to convince its players to agree to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly's proposal for a day-night Test at the Eden Gardens.
Bangladesh begin their India tour with the three T20Is, starting on November 3, before heading to Indore to kick off their World Test Championship campaign from November 14.
The second Test at Eden Gardens begins from November 22.
Shakib recently spearheaded a players' strike before calling it off after the BCB assured that their demands, including a pay hike, will be fulfilled.