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ACB slaps 6-year ban on wicketkeeper Shafaq

ACB slaps 6-year ban on wicketkeeper Shafaq

May 11, 2020 - 08:49

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s wicket-keeper Shafiqullah Shafaq has been banned from playing cricket for six years for violating the anti-corruption code.

The 30-year-old from Nangarhar province allegedly got involved in indifferent activities during the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League in 2018, the board said on Sunday.

He was also accused of attempting to lure a teammate in the last edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He played three BPL games for the Sylhet Thunder and scored 18 runs.

ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption Manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi told Cricbuzz: “It is an alert for all those who think their illegal activities will not be disclosed to the ACU.”

He said: “We always instruct players to report each suspicious activity in order to keep the game and their own careers clean of any corrupt practices.”

The cricketer, who made his Afghanistan debut in 2009, has accepted the charges of breaching the Anti-Corruption Code, according to board.

Having played 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20 internationals, the wicketkeeper will be banned from participation in all forms of cricket.

Shafaq has offered to cooperate with the ACB’s integrity educationinfo-icon programmes to help younger players learn from his mistakes.

The board claimed Shafaq had tried to fix a match in the 2019-20 edition of BPL. The player was blamed for flouting four articles of the ACB's anti-corruption code.


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