Following is the timeline of the conversations between Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and suspected Indian bookie Deepak Aggarwal that was released by the International Cricket Council. Shakib has been banned for two years, one year suspended, for failing to report these approaches.
#In January 2018, he (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.
#On 19 January 2018, he 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.
#On 23 January 2018, he received 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.
#On 26 April 2018, he 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. He 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.
#He 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.
#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.
Shakib should have got a harsher ban: Vaughan
Meanwhile former England captain Michael Vaughan demanded a harsher ban while Australia’s Dean Jones wondered why Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan did not report the corrupt approaches made to him at a time when “players are well aware of the rules”.
The 32-year-old Shakib was on Tuesday banned for two years, one year of it suspended, for failing to report approaches by suspected Indian bookie Deepak Aggarwal to the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit.
“No sympathy what’s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan ... Non what’s so ever ... In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & cant do and what that have to report straight away ... 2 yrs isn’t enough ... Should have been longer ...,” tweeted Vaughan.
“For all you abusing I have zero tolerance for corruption .. It doesn’t matter what team you play for .. Players these days know exactly what they can and can’t do .. also know they have to report anything .. if they don’t they know the consequences,” he added.
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja said Shakib’s actions and the fallout of those are a classic example of none being bigger than the game. Shakib is currently the world’s number one ODI all-rounder.
“So Shakib Al Hasan’s ban has a lesson for all sports lovers and sportsmen: if you disregard the game and try to become bigger than the game by sidetracking the laid rules and protocols then be ready for a fantastic fall! Sad,” wrote Raja.
Former Australia batsman Jones also could not comprehend why Shakib did not report the approaches.
“How many times are these guys lectured? Before EVERY T20 and T10 and other Tournaments... The ICC and ACU officials brief them...#deafears,” he wrote.
One of the approaches was made on April 26, 2018 when Shakib’s IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad was to take on Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers won the game by 13 runs.
Aggarwal’s other two approaches were during the Bangladesh Premier League when Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in 2017, followed by the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in January 2018.
The suspected bookmaker wanted to meet Shakib but the player didn’t oblige as “...following their conversations, he had the feeling that Aggarwal was a bookie”.