By George Stephens • 30 October 2019 • 9:55
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan,the world’s number one ranked all-rounder, has been banned from all cricket matches for two years, one of them suspended, after admitting three charges under the anti-corruption code, the International Cricket Council has announced.
The charges brought against Al Hasan are that he did not report approaches in relation to the Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe Tri-Series during 2018 as well as the Indian Premier League.
These charges relate to a serial match fixer messaging the player to which he did not report to the ICC and were later discovered.
The player has 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 makethe same mistake I did.”
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