Shakib Al Hasan banned for two years
Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan celebrates taking a wicket

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been hit hard with a two-year ban for failing to inform authorities after being approached by a bookmaker on several occasions last year.

Al Hasan> with serve a 12-month suspension from the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the other 12 months suspended, meaning he’s unable to play until 29 October 2020 assuming he satisfies the conditions of the ban.

The Bangladesh superstar, who scored two centuries at this year’s 50-over World Cup, will subsequently miss next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

It’s understood alleged corruptor Deepak Aggarwal contacted Al Hasan on Whatsapp with messages in late 2017 when Bangladesh hosted Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in a one-day series.

He also texted Al Hasan during last year’s Indian Premier League when he played with Sunrisers Hyderabad asking for information.

Al Hasan admitted he deleted some messages, fearing Aggarwal was “dodgy”.

An ICC statemenr read: “He received a WhatsApp message from Mr Aggarwal that day (during the 2018 IPL) asking him whether a particular player was going to be playing in the game that day, i.e. again asking for Inside Information.

“Mr Aggarwal continued this conversation with him by talking about bitcoins, dollar accounts and asked him for his dollar account details. During this conversation, he told Mr Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him “first”.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan and ex-New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris both tweeted that the ban should have been harsher.

“No sympathy whatsoever for Shakib Al Hasan, none whatsoever,” Vaughan said.

Al Hasan is currently ranked as the number one all-rounder in ODI cricket and has made 3862 Test runs and taken 210 wickets in 56 Test matches.

“Those who have supported me over the years I hope they, the fans, Bangladesh Cricket Board, the government, the journalists will continue to support me in my bad and good time,” Shakib said.

“If you continue your support, I am hopeful I will come back to cricket soon. I will be stronger and will perform my responsibilities with more sincerity.”

Ben somerford
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