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In cricket, Bangladesh Test and T20 Captain Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) from all cricket for two years. One year of the punishment has been suspended after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. This was announced today in a press release issued by the ICC.

Shakib was found guilty for not reporting to the ICC that he was approached by the bookies. He was approached by the bookies during the home tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka last year in January. He was approached a second time during the same series. Bookies approached him during the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab in April 2018.

In a statement issued after the announcement of punishment by the ICC, Shakib accepted the charges. He said that he was extremely sad to have been banned from the game. Shakib will be free to resume international cricket from 29th of October next year subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction.



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