Shakib Al Hasan has been banned for two years – the second year suspended – by the ICC after accepting three charges of failing to disclose full details of “approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct”.
The Bangladesh all-rounder is now out of all cricket until 29 October 2020, at which point he will be free to return as long as all conditions for the suspended part of his ban are met. That would rule him out of the entirety of the preliminary round of the T20 World Cup in Australia as well as two games in the Super 12 stage should Bangladesh qualify.
Shakib said in a statement: “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. The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn’t do my duty in this instance.
“Like the majority of players and fans around the world, I want cricket to be a corruption free sport and I am looking forward to working with the ICC ACU team to support their education programme and ensure young players don’t make the same mistake I did.”
Alex Marshall, ICC’s general manager for integrity, said: “Shakib Al Hasan is a highly experienced international cricketer. He has attended many education sessions and knows his obligations under the Code. He should have reported each of these approaches.
“Shakib has accepted his errors and cooperated fully with the investigation. He has offered to assist the Integrity Unit in future education, to help younger players to learn from his mistakes. I am happy to accept this offer.”
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