On 29 October 2019, the International Cricket Council announced that Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan is banned from all forms of cricket for his failure to comply with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. As Hasan admitted that he had failed to comply with the Code, he was served a two year ban from all forms of cricket with one year suspended. Al Hasan was charged with a failure to disclose information regarding corruption to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit as per Article 2.4 of the ICC Code.
In January 2018, whilst apart of the Tri-Series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, Al Hasan received messages from an individual who was suspected of corruption, Deepak Aggarwal. In these text messages, Aggarwal requested that Al Hasan provide him with inside information regarding the Tri-Series. Al Hasan failed to notify the ACU of these messages. Al Hasan once again received messages from Aggarwal in April 2018, during the IPL, regarding whether a particular player would be participating in his Sunrisers Hyderabad team in a match against Kings XI Punjab. The messages that followed contained discussions about Bitcoin and Al Hasan’s ‘dollar accounts’.
Al Hasan admits that he failed to report three occasions where Aggarwal had asked for inside information and even though he suspected that Aggarwal was ‘dodgy’ and perhaps was a bookie. The ICC listed six mitigating factors, one of which was Al Hasan freely offering up information to the ICC, and thus issued him with a befitting sanction. “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”, Al Hasan stated.
It is unfortunate that such had unfolded right after Al Hasan was so instrumental in the strike by Bangladeshi cricketers (both male and female) for better wages from the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
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