Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have banned wicket-keeper batsmen Shafiqullah Shafaq for the period of six years as he have accepted four charges related to breaching of ACB’s Anti-corruption code.
“This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018. The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his teammates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019.” said ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption manager, Mr. Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi as quoted by Afghanistan Cricket Board.
He was banned for breaching following articles of Anti-corruption code
Article 2.1.1 – “Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match, including (without limitation) by deliberately underperforming therein.”
Article 2.1.3 – “Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match.”
Article 2.1.4 – “Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.”
Article 2.4.4 – “Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by a Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under ACB Anti-Corruption Code.”
Shafiqullah Shafaq in APL and BPL
Shafiqullah Shafaq accepted all the above mentioned charges related to Afghanistan Premier League of 2018 edition and 2019 edition of Bangladesh Premier League.
Is this an end of Shafiqullah Shafaq’s career?
As he is already 30, six years ban can change his mind from playing cricket again for Afghanistan.This can be an end of his cricketing career as mentioned by many Cricket experts.
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