Bangladesh captain and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was on Tuesday handed a two-year suspension by the ICC. As he failed to report three corrupt approaches, including one at the IPL, by a suspected Indian bookie, ousting him from the upcoming tour of India.
Twelve months of that ban is a suspended sentence that will come into effect if Shakib fails to follow the anti-corruption code of the world body.
The one-year ban that he has to serve will keep him out of next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) and also the World T20. The world T20 will hold in Australia from October 18 to November 15 the same year.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's wife Ummey shared a Facebook post after her husband got banned for two years by ICC. "Tough times will come but [legends] embrace it with a strong mind, and we know how strong Shakib is!" she wrote. "This is a beginning of a new start he'll come back stronger than ever in no time," she added.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday named Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah as Test and T20I captains respectively for the tour of India. This comes after Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has banned by ICC for not reporting the bookie approach. Mominul has so far featured in 36 Tests for Bangladesh, while Mahmudullah has played 80 T20Is.
Reacting to Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan getting a two-year ban (one suspended) for not reporting bookie approach to ICC, commentator Harsha Bhogle said the verdict isn't too harsh and that Shakib is very lucky that he can be back in a year. He further said that the news is huge and terrible for the game in Bangladesh.