Suspended from cricket by ICC for two years, Shakib Al Hasan turns to football
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan was recently banned for two years by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches made to him. The Bangladesh cricketer, however, has turned to football during his time away from cricket.
Shakib, who is the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs, recently represented a football team by the name of Footy Hags for a match against the Korean Expat Team at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka.
The images were also shared by Footy Hags on its Facebook page. “We played 11 a side on a full size pitch at the Army Stadium against the Korean Expat team today. We won 3-2. Good to have Shakib Al Hasan back in the Footy Hags Team,” it said in its Facebook post.
Riyad Shahir Ahmed Husain, one of Shakib’s teammates from Footy Hags, also shared some pictures on his Facebook page and said, “Played 11 a side on a full size pitch at the Army Stadium against the Korean Expat team today! We won 3-2. Good to have Shakib Al Hasan back in the Footy Hags Team.”
Shakib was banned by the ICC for two years after he failed to report three corrupt approaches, including one at the Indian Premier League (IPL), by a suspected Indian bookie, ousting him from the upcoming tour of India.
The ban will keep him out of next year's IPL and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 the same year.
“I am obviously extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches,” said Shakib after the ban.
“The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn't do my duty in this instance,” he added.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma