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Afghanistan cricketer Shafiqullah gets six-year ban for corruption


11 May 2020  

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KABUL: Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has been given a six-year ban after he accepted four charges of breaching their Anti-Corruption Code, the country’s cricket board (ACB) said.

The charges relate to offenses during the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) T20 in 2018, where Shafaq played for the Nangarhar Leopards, and the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), where he represented Sylhet Thunder.

The 30-year-old Shafaq, who made his Afghanistan debut in 2009 and has played 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20 internationals, will be banned from all forms of cricket, Reuters reported.

“This is a very serious offense where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018,” ACB’s senior anti-corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said in a statement.

“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.

“It’s an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB’s anti-corruption unit.”

Quraishi said Shafaq’s admission of guilt and cooperation had helped him avoid a longer ban. Shafaq will also help with the ACB’s integrity education programs to help younger players learn from his mistakes.

(With inputs from Agencies)

Publish Date : 11 May 2020 23:05 PM

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