Shakib faces 18-month ban for hiding corrupt approach: Reports

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Bangladesh’s veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is being kept away from practice ahead of the India tour on ICC’s instructions, local media reported while claiming that Shakib is set to be banned for not reporting a corrupt approach.

Shakib, who is also the country’s Test and T20 skipper, reportedly could be banned for 18 months by the International Cricket Council, compounding the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) problems ahead of the tour of India.

According to one of the country’s leading Bengali daily ‘Samakal’, “It was on 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.”

Two years ago, the daily wrote, Shakib received an offer from a bookie before an international match, which he did not report to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
According to the newspaper, Shakib also confessed about it to the ACSU’s investigating officers recently.

There has been uncertainty over Shakib’s availability for the India assignments after he missed the pre-tour camp, including a practice game, in Mirpur.