Shakib Al Hasan

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan from all cricket for two years. He has had 12 months suspended after accepting three anti-corruption charges. He will be free to return in cricket on October 29, 2020, if certain conditions are met. 32 year old Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan was a standout player during Cricket World Cup 2019.

Shakib was accused of being approached by bookies during the tri-series (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January) 2018 and IPL 2018. was accused of hiding information about the bookie contacting him.

Shakib accepted three allegations of violation of the ICC Anti Corruption Code. Shakib has been imposed with a full one-year ban and a 12-month suspended ban.

Shakib said in a statement: “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.”

Alex Marshall ICC’s anti-corruption general manager said “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 co-operated 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.”

Shakib Al Hasan was named captain for the T20I team for the upcoming 3-match T20I series in India, starting November 3 2019.

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