Shakib's IPL 2018 anti-corruption matters were handled by ICC: BCCI ACU head

Shakib was suspended by ICC for two years, including one year of “suspended sentence” for failing to report corrupt approach on three separate occasions.

The Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan, has been banned from all cricket for two years, with 12 months suspended, by the International Cricket Council after accepting three anti-corruption charges.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The International Cricket Council (ICC), in its report, has stated that Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan, breached the anti-corruption code by failing to report a corrupt approach during an Indian Premier League (IPL) game in 2018.

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But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) head Ajit Singh has said that the Board had no role to play in the investigations and that they were entirely conducted by the ICC.

“In 2018 season, the ICC was looking after the anti-corruption matters. So, they initiated the investigations. We gave our inputs and the rest was done by the ICC,” Singh said.

Shakib was suspended by the ICC for two years, including one year of “suspended sentence” for failing to report corrupt approach on three separate occasions -- including one during 2018 IPL by an alleged Indian bookie Deepak Aggarwal.

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The match referred in ICC’s verdict was played between his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab on April 26, 2018, and it was won by Sunrisers by 13 runs.

Till IPL 2018, the ICC’s anti-corruption unit officials were deputed for the IPL, but things changed from last year as the BCCI decided to depute its ACU officers for the entire tournament.

In its verdict, the ICC stated that the alleged bookie Aggarwal had sent messages to Shakib on April 26, and that some of the messages containing requests for ‘inside information’ were deleted by the all-rounder.