Shakib al Hasan, who is one of the best all-rounders in the world and arguably the best cricketer to come out of Bangladesh, has been banned from all cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for two years. These developments came after a hearing held by the ICC ACU (Anti-corruption unit) which charged Shakib with the failure to report fixing-related advancements which were made towards him. With this sentence, Shakib will miss out on the 2020 T20 World Cup.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) formed the MCC World Cricket Committee in 2017 that contained current and past players along with umpires, to address the issues in the game. The committee meets twice every year. Shakib was a part of the committee until he was served with the ban and the chairman of the committee Mike Gatting confirmed the same. Gatting expressed his sadness with Shakib's resignation but also added that the MCC wanted to uphold the spirit of cricket and understood why Shakib had to resign. Gatting also acknowledged Shakib's contribution to the committee in the period he served.
Don't know what should I say. Still I can't able to believe that we have to play without you. But I know and believe one thing that you will be definitely comeback strongly. We will be waiting for the day @Sah75official bhai. #WeAreWithShakib pic.twitter.com/Obk4IosNgc— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) October 30, 2019
Although the cricketing community has been divided on Shakib's sentence, the sentiment in his country has been unanimously positive. From teammates to the Prime Minister of the country, there is almost no notable Bangladesh figure who has not sympathised with Shakib. The people of Bangladesh have tweeted in the favour of their Test captain as well. Shakib has received this sentence since he failed to report the corruption-related approaches which were made on him during a recent Tri-series competition and the 2018 IPL.