Shakib Al Hasan admitted that he took the approaches by a bookie too casually. “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.”
Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was banned for two years, one year of it suspended after failing to report approaches during an IPL edition by an alleged Indian bookie named Deepak Aggarwal.
Shakib told Harsha Bhogle on ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation’ told that explaining everything to ‘the anti-corruption guy’ saved him from getting banned for five or 10 years. “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.”
Shakib recalled, “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.”
He added, “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.”
According to Shakib, he thought that he was doing right by not reporting the 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.
The all-rounder was in a brilliant form and scored 606 runs in the 2019 World Cup just before the suspension. His ban will end on October 29