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Shafiqullah Shafiq handed six-year ban for flouting anti-corruption code

10 May 2020 CricBuzz

Afghanistan keeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafiq has been handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket after he was deemed to have seriously breached the board's anti-corruption code.

The charges against Shafiq pertain to nefarious activities during the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APL T20) in 2018 and the 2019 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Shafiq has chosen to admit all four charges levied against him in lieu of an anti-corruption tribunal. The ACB's heavy sanction pertain to breaches of:

  • 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 under-performing 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."

"It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB's ACU. Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived," said Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi, ACB's Senior Anti-Corruption manager.

"During our educational program, we always instruct players to report each suspicious activity in order to keep the game cricket and their own careers clean of any corrupt practices."

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