WhatsApp conversation between Shakib and bookie revealed
World’s number 1 ranked all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being proved guilty in corruption offenses.
According to the ICC’s media release, Shakib was in touch with a bookie named Deepak Aggarwal who approached the allrounder thrice for inside information of the team over several months.
Meanwhile, the ICC evidence against Shakib Al Hasan being involved in the offense includes WhatsApp conversation the two starting in January 2018 while Shakib was playing for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
In January 2019, Shakib received a WhatsApp message from Mr. Aggarwal congratulating him for being named man of the match in that day’s game. Mr. Aggarwal followed this message with a message saying “do we work in this or I wait till the IPL”.
The ICC believes the reference to “work” was about providing inside information. A few days later Shakib received another message saying “Bro anything in this series?”, which he confirmed was a request for inside information from Aggarwal.
Again in April 2019, Mr. Agarwal asked Shakib for team information before a game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. He was asked whether a particular player was going to be playing in the game that day. The conversation was continued between two talking about bitcoins, dollar accounts and Shakib told Aggarwal he wanted to meet him “first”.
The conversation also includes a number of deleted messages but Shakib later confirmed the ICC”s Anti-Corruption Unit that deleted WhatsApp messages contained other requests for inside information but did not report any of the approaches.