Shakib quits MCC World Cricket Committee following suspension

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Suspended for failing to report multiple corrupt approaches, Bangladesh captain and top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has stepped down from the World Cricket Committee of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) – the custodians of the game’s laws.

The 32-year-old Shakib has been banned for two years, one of them being a suspended term, for failing to report approaches by suspected Indian bookie Deepak Aggarwal to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

The suspension rules the all-rounder out of next month’s series in India, the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup next year.

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“…Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) can today confirm that Al Hasan has stepped down from his involvement with the MCC World Cricket committee,” the club stated in a Press release.

Shakib accepted charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and therefore does not have the right to appeal against the punishment, which could have been a maximum of five years.

Shakib joined the MCC World Cricket committee in October 2017, and attended meetings in both Sydney and Bengaluru.

The MCC World Cricket Committee comprises current and former international cricketers and umpires from across the globe and meets twice yearly to discuss the prevalent issues in the game.

The next meeting is due to take place in Sri Lanka in March 2020.

“We are sorry to lose Shakib from the committee, where he has made a great contribution over the last couple of years. As guardians of the Spirit of Cricket we support his resignation and believe this was the right decision,” Mike Gatting, Chairman of the World Cricket committee, said.

The world’s No.1 ODI all-rounder was asked to provide information on team composition and strategy on three separate occasions by Aggarwal, according to the detailed judgement released by the ICC.

One of the approaches was made on April 26, 2018 when his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad was to take on Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers won the game by 13 runs.

Aggarwal’s other two approaches were during the Bangladesh Premier League when Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in 2017, followed by the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January 2018.

The suspected bookmaker wanted to meet Shakib but the player didn’t oblige as “…following their conversations, he had the feeling that Aggarwal was a bookie.”

Bangladesh’s series against India starts with the T20 Internationals, from November 3, followed by the Test series, which will also include the two teams’ maiden day-night game in the longest format.

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VAUGHN FOR HARSHER PUNISHMENT

Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan has demanded a harsher ban while Australia’s Dean Jones wondered why Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan did not report the corrupt approaches made to him at a time when “players are well aware of the rules”

“No sympathy what’s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan … Not what’s so ever … In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & can’t do and what that have to report straight away … 2 yrs isn’t enough … Should have been longer …,” tweeted Vaughan.

“For all you abusing I have zero tolerance for corruption .. It doesn’t matter what team you play for .. Players these days know exactly what they can and can’t do .. also know they have to report anything .. if they don’t they know the consequences,” he added.

Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja said Shakib’s actions and the fallout of those are a classic example of none being bigger than the game. Shakib is currently the world’s number one ODI all-rounder.

“So Shakib Al Hasan’s ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad,” wrote Raja.

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Former Australia batsman Jones also could not comprehend why Shakib did not report the approaches. “How many times are these guys lectured? Before EVERY T20 and T10 and other Tournaments… The ICC and ACU officials brief them…#deafears,” he wrote.

One of the approaches was made on April 26, 2018 when Shakib’s IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad was to take on Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers won the game by 13 runs.

Aggarwal’s other two approaches were during the Bangladesh Premier League when Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in 2017, followed by the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January 2018.

The suspected bookmaker wanted to meet Shakib but the player didn’t oblige as “…following their conversations, he had the feeling that Aggarwal was a bookie”.

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