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Shafiqullah Shafaq cops heavy ban on corruption charges

Shafiqullah Shafaq cops heavy ban on corruption charges

Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been found guilty of breaching the anti-corruption code on multiple occasions leading to his six-year ban from all cricket-related activities. The 30-year-old admitted to committing nefarious actions during the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League and the 2019 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League.

Shafaq, who has represented Afghanistan across 70 internationals in two formats, is alleged to have contrived to fix matches and tried to lure a teammate into corruption. His admission of guilt and cooperation with authorities eventually convinced the ACB to hand him a lenient sentence.

"This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League T20. The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his team-mates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the Bangladesh Premier League 2019,” said ACB’s anti-corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi.