Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful, who has now returned to playing first-class cricket after his five-year ban for match-fixing in 2013, said that Shakib is going through the tough time and it is hard to explain his situation.
Notably, in June 2014, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) anti-corruption tribunal had banned Ashraful for eight years and fined him 10 lakh Bangladeshi Taka. However, later that year, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s disciplinary panel reduced the ban to five years.
Meanwhile, Shakib was on Tuesday found guilty of breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code and has been banned from all cricket for two years (one year suspended) for not reporting corrupt approaches.
Talking about Shakib, the 35-year-old said that their cases are different.
“Our cases are different; he didn’t inform the fixing approaches to authorities, while I was fully involved in match-fixing,” Ashraful was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“But this is going to be a shock to the system. We love playing cricket. What Shakib is going through is hard to explain in words. I think there shouldn’t be too much news about him. Dealing with so much news was hard (for me),” he added.
Under the provisions of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, Shakib chose to admit the charges and agreed the sanction with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.
The highest-earning 32-year-old Bangladesh cricketer can only return to International Cricket from 29 October, 2020. This implies that he would miss the Indian Premier League next year and will not be available for selection in the T20 World Cup in Australia.