Shakib Al Hasan Might Get Banned By ICC For 18 months

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Shakib Al Hasan: After a week of chaos between the Bangladesh cricketers and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the dispute has been resolved and the team is likely to travel to India for the upcoming T20Is and the test matches.

However, they have been faced with a major setback as the star all-rounder and the skipper Shakib Al Hasan might receive a 18-month ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

There are reports that Shakib didn’t inform the ICC about being approached for match-fixing, which, as per the council’s constitution, could equate to a ban of 18 months.

According to Bangladesh’s leading newspaper Samakal, Shakib has not been allowed to be a part of Bangladesh’s net sessions before the India tour because of ICC’s instructions to BCB.

“It was on the insistence of ICC that Shakib has been kept away from practice by the BCB. That’s the reason he neither featured in the practice games nor did he join the meeting late on Monday evening with the president to discuss pink-ball test.”, the report read.

The report further states that Shakib recently admitted in front of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) that he was contacted by a bookie two years ago.

While the ICC is yet to disclose anything about the matter, word has it that a 18-month ban is on the cards for the 32-year old.

Whether or not the ban takes place, it is almost certain Shakib will not travel for the India series after the recent developments.

In his absence, the new captains will have to be appointed for the test and the T20I series. Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and the young all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain are in contention for that.

Shakib had a brilliant World Cup 2019 campaign where he scored 606 runs in eight matches, while also picking up 11 wickets.

His absence against the in-form Indian side will be a huge blow for Bangladesh who would have been looking to beat India for the first time in a T20 international.

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