ICC bans Shakib al Hasan for two years

ICC bans Shakib: Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan has been banned by The International Cricket Council (ICC) from all cricket for a period two years, with one year of that period being suspended, after the ace all-rounder accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption code .

The charges proven against him 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.

Under the provisions of the Code, Shakib admitted the charges brought against him and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. The No 1 ODI all-rounder in the world will be free to resume international cricket on October 29, 2020, subject to Shakib satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction.

The release by ICC quotes Shakib saying, “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,” he added.

The release also quoted Alex Marshall, ICC general manager – Integrity saying, “Shakib al Hasan is a highly experienced international cricketer. He has attended many education sessions and knows his obligations under the Code. He should have reported each of these approaches.

“Shakib has accepted his errors and cooperated fully with the investigation. He has offered to assist the Integrity Unit in future education, to help younger players to learn from his mistakes. I am happy to accept this offer,” said Alex Marshall.

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