Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the ICC for two years, with one year suspended, for failing to report multiple approaches made to him by a bookie.
Under the provisions of the ICC Code, Shakib chose to admit the charges and agreed to the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. Subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction, he will be free to resume international cricket on October 29, 2020.
The charges against Shakib 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 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 the 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.
Shakib, who has played 56 Test, 206 ODIs and 76 T20 internationals, is by far Bangladesh’s best-known player, having topped the ICC all-rounder rankings in all three formats several times since 2009.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Shakib’s ban:
No sympathy what’s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan … Non what’s so ever … In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & cant do and what that have to report straight away … 2 yrs isn’t enough … Should have been longer …
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019
I have so enjoyed watching Shakib play cricket and I hope to see him emerge from this and continue to show his value on a cricket ground.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2019
One year is suspended? Why? Bye bye for two years minimum
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 29, 2019
So Shakib Al Hasan’s ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 29, 2019
Sakib is surely best player and biggest figure ever in Bangladesh cricket. Easily the highest earning too. Why would he not report overtures made to him by bookies and leave himself vulnerable? Inexplicable
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 29, 2019
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) October 29, 2019
Match-fixing was the worst thing to ever happen to cricket. Yet players fail to report when approached by bookies?
If Steve Smith’s form can wash away his misdemeanours, what will #ShakibAlHasan’s return suggest? It’s okay to commit the crime. Everything else’s just conjecture?
— Gautam Chintamani (@GChintamani) October 29, 2019
Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh's best cricketer – being banned from all cricket for two years is shocking, but what's more shocking is that he chose not to disclose the approach to engage in corrupt conduct not once, but thrice!
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2019
It feel too bad.
Two years is too much.
Sadly may be this start of downfall of Bangla cricket.
This decision came right after his Strike for players' salary.
BCB seems to axe him from international cricket.
— THE | Epic Blogger | (@Kush_official_) October 29, 2019
Unbelievable! Isn't it too harsh on Shakib? Was he involved in fixing?
I think his only fault was not to inform the ICC and Anti corruption unit about the match fixing proposal.
For that two years ban is a bit harsh. I hope ICC reconsider this decision.
— Abhi Silswal (@AbhiSilswal707) October 29, 2019
#ShakibAlHasan failed to report a corrupt approach during an #IPL game between @SunRisers and #KXIP in 2018. Two year suspended sentence means first 1 year is mandatory and second year can be suspended, provided he follows the rules laid out. #ICC
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) October 29, 2019