He partook in match-fixing after receiving an offer from a bookie
Bangladesh cricket has been in the news lately, mostly for the wrong reasons. One of those reasons is Shakib Al Hasan, a member of the country’s international cricket team and their ace all-rounder.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given Al Hasan a two-year suspension for match-fixing. He took an offer from a bookie and did the act three times. He also didn’t report the incident to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
It’s a suspension that wasn’t handed to him earlier along with a fairly new one, hence the length of the suspension. He is allowed to resume playing in international cricket on October 29, 2020, provided that he satisfies the conditions given to him. Al Hasan didn’t challenge the punishment and accepted three charges for breaching ICC’s codes which are as follows:
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe Tri-Series in January 2018 and / or the 2018 IPL.
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to a second approach in respect of the Tri-Series in January 2018.
Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to an IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018.
In an interview, the player said that he is disappointed with himself but accepts the consequences of his actions. ‘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’.
‘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’.
Shakib Al Hasan plays for the Bangladesh International Cricket team as well as in the Indian Premier League. To find out more about the IPL, visit Betwala’s page.
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