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Shakib to use BCB facilities only if ICC permits

  • Published at 10:08 pm November 2nd, 2019
Shakib al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Chittagong

Shakib last week was handed a two-year ban, with one year of it suspended, for failing to report three corrupt approaches by a listed bookie

Bangladesh Cricket Board will need a clear indication from the International Cricket Council before allowing suspended Bangladesh cricketer Shakib al Hasan to use facilities under the BCB’s jurisdiction. 

Shakib last week was handed a two-year ban, with one year of it suspended, for failing to report three corrupt approaches by a listed bookie.

The BCB and majority of the Bangladesh cricket fraternity hope star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib would come back strong on October 29, 2020 but for that to happen, the cricketer needs to maintain a practice regime. 

The ICC in its sanction mentioned, “No participant who has been declared ineligible may, during the period of ineligibility, play, coach, officiate or otherwise participate or be involved in any capacity in any capacity in any match or any other kind of function, event or activity (other than authorized anti-corruption education or rehabilitation programs) that is authorized, organized, sanctioned, recognized or supported in any way by the ICC, a National Cricket Federation, or any member under the jurisdiction of a National Cricket Federation, or receive accreditation to provide media or other services at an official venue or match. National Cricket Federations shall take all reasonable steps within their powers to give effect to this article 6.5 to the extent that they have the jurisdiction, power or ability to do so.”

BCB director and chairman of the grounds committee Mahbub Anam referred to the clause and said the board will need to clearly understand it before coming to a decision on this.

“He [Shakib] in this one year has to be part of anti-corruption programs under the ICC and BCB. Besides that, for him to come back well, he has to have individual practice sessions and maintain his fitness. He is aware of it and has been planning that way. It can be abroad or at home but he has to use a public facility,” said Mahbub in an open discussion organized by online portal Bangla Tribune under the banner “Cricket in Crisis” Saturday.

“It is mentioned in the sanction that he cannot use facilities that are under the BCB, or affiliated with the BCB. It has been mentioned in the sanction [referred in the clause]. As a board we will have to maintain this clause as not following it will harm Shakib,” the BCB director added.

Another BCB director Kazi Inam Ahmed however, added that the BCB will try to understand the clause involving the legal team, and also check with the ICC for a clear indication on the matter. 

“We can check this clause with our legal team and also communicate with the ICC to get a clear note on this. Like in Australia or England or other countries, there are standard cricket facilities outside the board which the players can use which, in Dhaka, are not the same,” said Inam, adding to Mahbub’s comment.

Bangladesh cricket was rocked with the ICC suspension on Shakib. 

As per the ICC, Shakib was banned after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code - failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct.