Reactions | We had no prior knowledge of ICC investigation on Shakib: BCB chief

Bangladesh national cricket team captain Shakib Al Hasan (C) speaks with media as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan (L) stands next to him at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on October 29, 2019.

Bangladesh national cricket team captain Shakib Al Hasan (C) speaks with media as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan (L) stands next to him at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on October 29, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Nazmul Hassan has claimed that the BCB had no inkling about the ICC’s anti-corruption investigation of its Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan, who was handed a two-year ban for failing to report three approaches by a suspected Indian bookie.

Twelve months of this ban is a suspended sentence which will come into effect if Shakib fails to comply with the anti-corruption code of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC announced the ban on Tuesday.

“I want to state something clearly and that is that neither I nor anyone from the BCB knew anything about the investigation, which has been going on from January,” Mr. Hassan was quoted as saying by the local media.

“The ACU, an independent body, communicated with Shakib. He informed me two or three days ago following the meeting with the players regarding the strike,” he insisted.

The one-year ban that he has to serve will keep Shakib out of next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 the same year.


The world’s No.1 ODI all-rounder failed to report the approaches made by suspected bookie Deepak Aggarwal, who had asked Shakib to provide information on team composition and strategy on three separate occasions.

One of the approaches was made on April 26, 2018 when his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad was to take on Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers won the game by 13 runs.

Mr. Aggarwal’s other two approaches were during the Bangladesh Premier League when Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in 2017, followed by the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January 2018.

Mr. Aggarwal wanted to meet Shakib but the player didn’t oblige as “...following their conversations, he had the feeling that Aggarwal was a bookie.”

Mr. Hassan backed Shakib to come back as a better and wiser person. However, the board chief admitted that he was initially angry with the all-rounder for not reporting the approaches.

“I don’t deny that I was angry at him for not reporting the issue but at the same time we are pleased that he has cooperated fully with the ICC’s ACU (Anti-Corruption Unit) and has pledged his commitment to its education programme,” said Mr. Hassan.

“I have always said that we don’t have substitutes for two players — Mashrafe (ODI captain) as a captain and Shakib as a player. He is one of the best players in the world. Him not being able to play is a real shock,” Mr. Hassan said.

“We have a very important series in front of us. We are playing our first full series in India and ICC Test Championship is beginning. The planning behind everything was done with Shakib in mind,” he added.

Other reactions

Former England captain Michael Vaughan demanded a harsher ban while former Australian batsman Dean Jones wondered why Shakib did not report the corrupt approaches made to him at a time when “players are well aware of the rules”.

“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 ...,” tweeted Vaughan.

“For all you abusing I have zero tolerance for corruption .. It doesn’t matter what team you play for .. Players these days know exactly what they can and can’t do .. also know they have to report anything .. if they don’t they know the consequences,” he added.

Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja said Shakib’s actions and the fallout of those are a classic example of none being bigger than the game.

“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,” wrote Raja.

Former Australia batsman Jones also could not comprehend why Shakib did not report the approaches.

“How many times are these guys lectured? Before EVERY T20 and T10 and other Tournaments... The ICC and ACU officials brief them...#deafears,” he wrote.

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