ICC bans Shakib for two years

Dhaka/ London, Oct 30 (IANS) | Publish Date: 10/30/2019 1:38:26 PM IST

Bangladesh’s Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan was on Tuesday suspended for two years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not reporting a corrupt approach, ruling him out of the tour of India which starts November 3.

Shakib has been handed a full ban for a year and a 12-month suspended sentence.

The 32-year-old was being kept away from team’s practice on ICC’s instructions. The series against India comprises three T20 Internationals and two Tests.

“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 of the ICC.

He will miss next year’s Indian Premier League and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020.

Two years ago, a bookie had approached Shakib with an offer before an international match, which he did not report to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The ban will compound the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) problems ahead of the tour of India.

In his absence, senior-most player Mushfiqur Rahim might lead the team in Tests while one among Mahmudullah Riyadh Mosaddek Hosain is set to be the skipper in the three T20 Internationals.

Shakib recently spearheaded a players’ strike before calling it off after the BCB assured that their demands, including a pay hike, will be fulfilled.

He is unarguably one of the greats of the game in Bangladesh with more than 11,000 runs and over 500 wickets across three formats.

Shakib steps down from MCC committee

After being suspended by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches, Bangladesh former captain and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has stepped down from the World Cricket Committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Shakib was suspended from all cricket for two years, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on Tuesday.

“Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) can today confirm that Shakib Al Hasan has stepped down from his involvement with the MCC World Cricket committee,” the club stated in a press release. Meanwhile, Mike Gatting, Chairman of the World Cricket committee said in an official statement; “We are sorry to lose Shakib from the committee, where he has made a great contribution over the last couple of years. As guardians of the Spirit of Cricket we support his resignation and believe this was the right decision.”

The star all-rounder joined the MCC World Cricket committee in October 2017, and has subsequently attended meetings in both Sydney and Bengaluru.

Hundreds take to street 

Hundreds of people have demonstrated in Bangladesh after cricketer Shakib Al Hasan was banned for two years for “failing to report corrupt approaches”.

Shakib, Bangladesh’s Test and Twenty20 captain, accepted three charges relating to requests for “inside information for betting purposes”. About 700 people took to the streets in Shakib’s hometown Magura, with smaller demonstrations taking place in Dhaka. Police say crowds made a human chain and called the ban a “conspiracy”. “The protesters shouted slogans and marched along a highway,” police chief Saiful Islam told AFP.

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