Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan regrets his “silly mistake” of not reporting the corrupt Indian bookie to the ICC. This lead to his one-year suspension from all forms of cricket. During an IPL edition, an Indian bookie named Deepak Aggarwal approached the cricketer after which Shakib was banned for two years, one year of it was suspended later.
“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 on ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation’.
“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.
Shakib was in the brilliant form before the ban happened and had scored 606 runs in the 2019 World Cup and says he regrets how he went on about the situation.
“But I think that was a silly mistake I made. Because with my experience and the amount of international matches 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.”
After learning his lesson, Shakib advised all young cricketers to never take such messages or approaches lightly and inform the board about them. “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 33-year-old all-rounder will be back in cricket after 29th October 2020. He also admitted that he became a bit arrogant and did not feel he did anything wrong by not reporting the incident 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.
The 33-year-old all-rounder will be back in cricket after 29th October 2020. The Bangladeshi cricketer has played 56 Test matches, 206 ODI, 76 T20I’s and 63 IPL matches. He has taken 260 wickets in his ODI career and 210 in Test matches.