Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for two years, with one year of that suspended. It was after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct.
On three instances, the experienced cricketer failed to reveal the full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct to the ACU. Shakib admitted to the charges and agreed to the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. If he can satisfy the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction, he will be able to play cricket next year.
Cricket pundits reacted to Shakib’s ban. Most of them questioned how a player of Shakib’s stature missed reporting an approach not once but thrice, while others thought he deserved a harsher punishment. There were also some who found the timing of the incident odd, given the Bangladesh star leading a recent player revolt which was eventually resolved.
No player today, let alone as high profile a cricketer as Shakib, can afford to be ignorant of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code. Even young players in age-group cricket are advised to report approaches. To let three such approaches go by is very strange https://t.co/KgtYBWOj13— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2019
No sympathy what’s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan ... Non what’s so ever ... In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & cant do and what that have to report straight away ... 2 yrs isn’t enough ... Should have been longer ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019
Sakib is surely best player and biggest figure ever in Bangladesh cricket. Easily the highest earning too. Why would he not report overtures made to him by bookies and leave himself vulnerable? Inexplicable— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 29, 2019
One year is suspended? Why? Bye bye for two years minimum— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) October 29, 2019
So Shakib Al Hasan’s ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad.— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 29, 2019