Shakib Al Hasan was approached by bookie named as Deepak Aggarwal via Whatsapp during SRH Vs KXIP match to know the inside information.
Shakib Al Hasan has been banned from cricket by ICC for two years, out of which one year has been suspended after allegedly not informing about the corrupt approach to him by a bookie two years back.
He was banned after accepting three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. According to the ICC’s media release, the bookies had approached Shakib Al Hasan thrice in 2018 with once during the IPL in the same year.
Now, it has been revealed that the name of the alleged bookie, who approached the Bangladeshi cricketer is known to be Deepak Aggarwal and he has allegedly tried to source out inside information from Hasan.
This happened when Hasan, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL was approached by Agarwal head of the 26 April 2018 match between SRH and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
“Article 2.4.4 – Failure to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in Corrupt Conduct – in relation to an IPL 2018 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab on 26 April 2018,” one of the imposed charges on Shakib read.
After this, the same bookie tried to reach Hasan during Bangladesh’s tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, January 2018. Meanwhile, Shakib has also accepted the charges and released a statement after the declaration of his judgement.
“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. 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.
“Like the majority of players and fans around the world, I want cricket to be a corruption-free sport and I am looking forward to working with the ICC ACU team to support their education programme and ensure young players don’t make the same mistake I did,” Shakib Al Hasan said.
It has been reported that Shakib was contacted by Agarwal via Whatsapp and both used to make conversations through that platform. However, the cricketer has clarified that he did not provide any inside information to bookie, which he asked.
Here are more details of that conversation:
On 26 April 2018, he (Shakib) played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in its IPL match against Kings XI Punjab.
He received a WhatsApp message from Mr 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.
Mr 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 Mr Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him “first”.
These messages on 26 April 2018 included a number of deleted messages. He confirmed that these deleted messages contained requests from Mr Aggarwal for Inside Information.
He confirmed that he had concerns over Mr Aggarwal, feeling he was a bit “dodgy”, and that, following their conversations, he had the feeling that Mr Aggarwal was a bookie.
He did not report any of the contacts and approaches received from Mr Aggarwal on 26 April 2018 to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority. (Credits Cricktracker).