Shakib Al Hasan said he took the approaches of match-fixing bookie “too casually” & advised young cricketers not to repeat his mistake & to always report any such interactions.
Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan regrets his “silly mistake” of not reporting any corrupt approach by an Indian bookie to ICC which led to his one year ban from cricket. Shakib was banned for two years one year was banned for not reporting any corrupt approaches during an IPL edition by an Indian bookie named Deepak Aggarwal. “I took the approaches too casually. When I met the anti-corruption guy and told them and they knew everything. Gave them all the evidence and they knew everything that happened,” Shakib told Harsha Bhogle.
“To be honest, that’s the only reason I was banned for a year, otherwise I’d have been banned for five or 10 years,” he added on the ICC’s investigation.
The 33-year-old was in a brilliant form before the ban scoring 606 runs in the 2019 World Cup in the UK, said that he regrets how he went ahead about the situation. “But I think that was a silly mistake I made. Because with my experience and the number of international matches that I’ve played and the amount of ICC’s anti-corruption code of conduct classes I took, I shouldn’t have made that decision, to be honest.”
The lesson that I have learnt, Shakib’s advice to all young cricketers is to never take any such message lightly. “I regret that. No one should take such messages or calls (from bookies) lightly or leave it away. We must inform the ICC ACSU guy to be on the safe side and that’s the lesson I learnt, and I think I learnt a big lesson,” he added.
The all-rounder cricketer whose ban ends on October 29 said that he became a bit arrogant & never felt that he was doing anything wrong by not reporting the bookie’s approach immediately. “Because you do most things right in your life, you tend to get arrogant with some decisions. You may not realise but you’re doing wrong by the books. It never came to my mind that I am doing something wrong.”
“It was just a feeling of ‘okay, what’s going to happen, leave it’ and I continued with my life. But that’s the mistake I made. And that happens,” Shakib said.
Shakib Al Hasan’s interview is a lesson for every aspiring cricketer which they should follow for their entire life.