Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan Has Been Banned from Cricket for Two Years

When knowledgeable cricket fans are asked who Bangladesh’s best player is, they will more likely than not reply with Shakib Al Hasan. The current Bangladesh captain made his debut for his country in 2006 and he has gone on to score more than 11,000 runs and pick up over 550 wickets in all three formats of the game. However, they will have to do without him for a while as he has just been banned from all cricket.

What Was He Banned For?

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Al Hasan was banned for two years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to report that a corrupt Indian bookie had approached him on at least three separate occasions. One of these approaches was made at the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He does not have the option of appealing the ban as he has readily accepted his wrongdoings and the charged levied against him.

The ICC, in a statement, has said that Al Hasan was approached by Deepak Aggarwal, a known illegal bookmaker, and was asked to give information about team tactics and composition. It is believed that Al Hasan didn’t hand over any inside information in exchange for money, but all cricketers must inform the ICC whenever they are contacted by suspected illegal bookmakers. Al Hasan got off quite lightly as the maximum punishment for this offence is a five-year ban.

Twelve months of the twenty-four months that he has been banned for have been suspended, so if he complies with the ICC’s anti-corruption code, he will be allowed to play cricket again on the 29th October 2020.

This ban now means that he will not be available for selection for the IPL next year or the T20 Cricket World Cup that is due to take place in Australia from the 18th October to the 15th November.

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This is Not the First Time That He Has Been Banned

In February 2014, the Bangladesh Cricket Board banned him for three ODI matches after he made an offensive gesture to the cameras when commentators were discussing his dismissal. This meant that he had to miss two Asia Cup matches against Afghanistan and India as well as the third and final ODI match against Sri Lanka.

In July the same year, he picked up a six-month ban due to an attitude issue. One of his misdemeanours was beating up a fan who had made fun of his wife during an ODI match in India. The ban was later shortened after he made a public apology.

Who Will Lead in His Absence?

In Al Hasan’s absence, it is highly likely that Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh’s most senior player, will lead the team when they are playing test cricket. He has been playing international cricket for the last 14 years and has played in 66 test matches, so he is the perfect candidate to deputise for Al Hasan.

In their upcoming T20 series against India, it is likely that Mosaddek Hosain or Mahmudullah Riyadh will lead the team.

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