Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned from all cricket for two years, with one year suspended, after his actions were found to violate the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code.
Shakib was found guilty for failing to report corrupt approaches by a bookie on numerous occasions relating to the tri-series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in 2018 and the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 32-year-old’s ban comes as a significant blow to Bangladesh’s preparations for next month’s tour of India.
The vastly experienced cricketer accepted the charges linked to requests to supply "inside information for betting purposes" although he was cleared of engaging in any fixing activity.
“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,” Shakib said after his suspension was announced.