Dark day for Bangladesh cricket
It’s been a 24-hour feeding frenzy for tabloids after it was finally confirmed that Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has received a two-year ban from all cricket. It comes as quite a shock to many given the individual selflessness Shakib possesses as a leader, however he didn’t exactly get caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Just recently named captain to lead Bangladesh against the Indians in a three-game T20I series, they’ll have to look elsewhere after the dramatic bombshell to come out of Dhaka left Shakib Al Hasan gone with the wind. The Bangladeshi veteran accepted three charges of breaching the ICC anti-corruption code handed down by the ICC themselves. Shakib was charged under Article 2.4.4, for failure to report two approaches to engage in corrupt conduct and for failure to disclose full details of any approaches or invitations he recieved to engage in corrupt conduct (stemming back to the 2018 IPL).
Shakib was approached by alleged corruptor Deepak Aggarwal, however he failed to report the three approaches made which automatically breached the ICC’s ACU code. Shakib just recently released a statement on the current situation –
“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,” an ICC statement quoted him as saying. “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.”
So where does this leave the much-loved & respected Bangladeshi veteran? Well, for starters he’s set to miss the all-important World T20 in Australia next year, however his ban will be lifted on October 29, 2020, if of coarse he follows the guidelines throughout the suspended part of the sanction and the ICC is fully satisfied. Shakib, now 32 years of age, will be 33-years-old when he makes his return to International cricket mid-next year.
What makes it an even stranger scenario is that Shakib led a players strike approximately one week ago regarding the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board), now they’ve come to learn that the man who led the strike has also been involved in corruption scandals which they weren’t aware of until the ICC made their findings.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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