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Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh’s Test and T20I captain. © Twitter
Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib Al Hasan has been banned from all cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for two years, with one year of that suspended, after “he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code”.Under the provisions of the Code, Shakib chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing, the statement said. “I am obviously extermely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches,” Shakib was quoted as saying in an ICC release.
According to the ICC, Shakib failed to report approaches for Bangladesh’s tri-series with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in in January 2018 as well as the IPL later that year. He also failed to report a second approach in respect of the tri-series and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018.
Shakib was being kept away from practice ahead of the team’s high-profile India tour on the ICC’s instructions, local media had reported. Shakib was also not a part of the meeting to discuss the BCCI’s proposal to make the second Test in Eden Garden a day-night Test.