Afghanistan’s Shafiqullah banned from all forms of cricket for six years

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Karachi: Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Shafiqullah Shafiq has been handed the six-year ban after he accepted four charges related to the breaching of the ACB Anti-Corruption Code.

The 30-year-old had allegedly broken four articles of the ACB’s anti-corruption code: trying to fix the outcome of a domestic match, seeking or offering bribes to fix the result of a domestic match, encouraging a team-mate to fix a domestic match, and failing to disclose a corrupt approach to the board

He accepted the charges issued against him by the ACB. The charges relate to the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APL T20) in 2018 and the 2019 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

“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,” said the ACB’s senior anti-corruption manager, Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi.

“The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his team-mates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019,” he added.

Mr. Quraishi also pointed out that without Shafiqullah’s admission of guilt and full cooperation with ACU throughout the investigation, the ban could have been significantly longer. He concluded that Shafaq is willing to contribute to ACB ACU’s future integrity education programs to help younger players learn from his mistakes.

Shafiqullah represented Afghanistan in 24 ODIs and 46 T20Is between 2009 and 2019.

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