'Bro Anything In This Series?': ICC Releases Shakib Al Hasan's WhatsApp Chat With Alleged Bookie

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 30 October 2019, 01:44 PM
Shakib is out of next year's IPL and World T20
Shakib is out of next year's IPL and World T20 (Photo Credit : File Photo )

Shakib Al Hasan was handed a two-year ban (one year suspended) by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday after he admitted to various failures to report corrupt approaches made to him.  Shakib, Bangladesh's Test and T20 captain and the world's No.1 all-rounder in ODIs, was handed the ban for failing to report three corrupt approaches, including one at the IPL, by a suspected Indian bookie, ousting him from the upcoming tour of India. Twelve months of that ban is a suspended sentence which will come into effect if the 32-year-old fails to comply with the anti-corruption code of the world body. The one-year ban that he has to serve will keep him out of next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) and also the World T20 to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15 the same year.

The ICC made Shakib Al Hasan's WhatsApp chat with alleged bookie Deepak Aggarwal public in a full reasoned decision posted on its official website.

"Shakib Al Hasan told the ACU that he did not accept or act upon any of the approaches he received from Aggarwal, in particular, he did not provide him with any of the information requested, nor did he accept or receive any money or other reward from Aggarwal. However, he did not at any time report any of the approaches to the ACU or any other relevant authority, " said ICC.

Here's a timeline of the conversations between Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and suspected Indian bookie Deepak Aggarwal released by ICC:

January 2018: Shakib was selected as part of the Bangladesh team participating in a Tri-Series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. During this series, he and Aggarwal engaged in further WhatsApp conversations.

19 January 2018: Shakib received a WhatsApp message from Aggarwal congratulating him for being named man of the match in that day's game. Aggarwal followed this message with a message saying "do we work in this or I wait till the IPL". The reference to "work" in this message was a reference to him providing Inside Information to Aggarwal. He did not report this contact from Aggarwal to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

23 January 2018: Shakib Al Hasanreceived another WhatsApp message from Aggarwal in which Aggarwal made another approach to him to provide him with Inside Information, saying "Bro anything in this series?"

He confirmed that this message related to Aggarwal's request to him to provide Aggarwal with Inside Information in relation to the ongoing Tri-Series. He did not report this request for Inside Information from Aggarwal to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

26 April 2018: Shakib Al Hasan played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in its IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.  He received a WhatsApp message from Aggarwal that day asking him whether a particular player was going to be playing in the game that day, i.e. again asking for Inside Information. Aggarwal continued this conversation with him by talking about bitcoins, dollar accounts and asked him for his dollar account details. During this conversation, he told Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him "first".

These messages on 26 April 2018 included a number of deleted messages. Shakib confirmed that these deleted messages contained requests from Aggarwal for Inside Information. He confirmed that he had concerns over Aggarwal, feeling he was a bit "dodgy", and that, following their conversations, he had the feeling that Aggarwal was a bookie. Shakib did not report any of the contact and approaches received from Aggarwal on 26 April 2018 to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

First Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:49 PM
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