Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for two years after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.
The charges are due to the fact that Shakib did not inform approaches from the bookie during the IPL 2018 and Tri-series before the IPL.
Shakib in a statement said: “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 [anti-corruption unit] 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.”
According to the reports, Shakib was in contact with a bookie named Deepak Aggarwal. Before the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab, Aggarwal texted Hasan on WhatsApp asking whether a particular player is playing that match.
Aggarwal then went on to ask about Hasan’s dollar accounts, spoke about bitcoins and so on. During this conversation, he told Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him “first”.
He confirmed that he had doubts about Aggarwal’s behaviour and thought he was a bookie.
However, he did not report this to both BCB and the ICC anti-corruption authorities.