Shakib Al Hasan, who has been handed a two-year ban (one year suspended), had reportedly wanted the ban to be imposed on him before the tour of India.
Speaking to Bangladeshi portal BDcrictime, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Akram Khan revealed that the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) had said that the ban would be imposed after a few more days. But Shakib insisted to get it done away with as early as possible.
Reportedly, he was concerned and wanted it to happen before the India tour so that the players or team didn’t get affected by it. Bangladesh’s tour of India will start with first of the three-match Twenty-20 International (T20I) series in Delhi on November 3.
The director also said that the current timeline of the ban leaves a bleak chance for Shakib to take part in next year’s ICC T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia between October 18 to November 15.
“Shakib himself said it. Apart from that, he would have also missed the 2020 T20 World Cup if the ban would have been imposed a little bit later. That hope is still at least hanging now,” Khan was quoted as saying.
Shakib’s ban ends on October 29, 2020, and reportedly the BCB is looking to take some legal steps to reduce his banned period by some extent to have him available for next year’s marquee event.
“The board has very little scope to do anything about the situation. The term has entered into an agreement as Shakib Al Hasan acknowledged his failure to report the corrupt approaches. But we have already talked to our legal section in order to have some fact findings whether it is possible to work out legally or not,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin was quoted as saying.