Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of India has already scripted a lot of controversies before the start of the series. Firstly, the senior Bangladesh players led by T20I and Test captain Shakib Al Hasan went on a strike against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in a bid to fulfill an 11-point demand list. The players refused to take part in any cricket assignment until their demands are accepted. After a lot of discussions and meetings, the BCB finally agreed on most of the demands and subsequently, the senior Bangladesh players called-off the strike.
However, in the recent development, Bangladesh’s T20I, Test captain and premier all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, has been slapped a two-year ban (with one year suspended) by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not having reported multiple approaches to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) or any other relevant authority. During the series of investigations, many Whatsapp conversations have been recorded between Shakib Al Hasan and an alleged individual named Deepak Aggarwal.
An Indian businessman and ardent cricket lover, Deepak Aggarwal under the pressure of several dangerous bookies approached Shakib. The Bangladesh star cricketer has accepted ICC’s sanction and all the charges relating to him of having not disclosed the approaches made by Mr. Aggarwal multiple times about sharing inside information about the matches. Shakib, post the suspension will now be free to resume international cricket on October 29, 2020.
"I am sad that I have been banned from a sport that I love the most. But, for not informing about the illegal proposal to ICC and ACSU, I am accepting the punishment. ICC and ACSU rely on the cooperation of cricketers to avoid corruption but I could not help the ICC and ACSU properly. Like any other player, I too want cricket to be free from corruption. And to keep the upcoming cricketers away from any corruption, I will work with ACSU as best as I can,” mentioned Shakib Al Hasan.
The ICC’s official media release stated the following charges against Shakib:
1. Article 2.4.4 - Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct - about Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe Tri-Series in January 2018 and/or the 2018 IPL
2. Article 2.4.4 - Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct - about a second approach in respect of the Tri-Series in January 2018
3. Article 2.4.4 - Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct - about an IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018.
Deepak Aggarwal approached Shakib under the pressure of some dangerous bookies
However, it is also being learned that the ICC has not termed the alleged person, Deepak Aggarwal, as a ‘bookie’. The ICC General Manager- Integrity, Alex Marshall, has even asked Mr. Aggarwal to reveal the names of the bookies who threatened him for sharing inside information about some games. Mr. Aggarwal was very much scared after receiving these threatening calls regularly.
In this agenda, the major development is being reported that Deepak Aggarwal himself informed the ACU about these Whatsapp messages with Shakib. Incidentally, the ACU has stated that Shakib had even deleted some of the Whatsapp conversations between him and Mr. Aggarwal. However, it is learned that Mr. Aggarwal clearly has all the alleged conversations with him and has even reported the same to the ACU. The alleged individual has also shared the details of one of the bookies with the ACU and Alex Marshall. Still, there is a big question of the security of his and his family, even after sharing this huge information. But the ICC is yet to speak or reveal anything on the same on its official forum.