BCB to investigate an alleged social media post by Shakib Al Hasan.© TUSEN
Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s biggest cricketer, has sparked controversy again as the country’s cricket board is investigating an alleged social media post of him endorsing a sports betting company. In 2019, Shakib was suspended for a year by the ICC on charges of failing to report a corrupt approach by an Indian bookmaker. Under existing laws in Bangladesh, there is a ban on facilitating and promoting gambling-related activities.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, “BCB will be investigating a recent social media post from the all-rounder announcing his partnership with a company called “Betwinner News”.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan has announced that Shakib, a veteran of nearly 400 international matches with over 12,000 runs and nearly 650 wickets, will be getting an announcement before the show.
“There are two things. First, there is no chance of getting permission because we will not give permission. If it has anything to do with betting, we will not give permission,” Nazmul said on the website. means that he has not asked for permission from us. Second, we need to know whether he actually signed a deal or not.” BCB had a meeting on Thursday where the decision was made regarding investigating his social media post.
“During the meeting, the matter was raised and we said how it can happen, because it is impossible. If that happens, ask him immediately. Give him a message and ask him how it happened, because it board won’t allow it. If it’s related to betting we won’t allow it. We said that today,” added Nazmul.
Nazmul promised to conduct a thorough investigation as it concerns the law of the land.
“First, we need to know what he has done. This (betting related activities) is not just in cricket, but in this country it is prohibited and the law does not allow it. This is a serious problem. We cannot depend from Facebook posts or that sort of thing we need to investigate. If it’s true, the board will take the necessary steps,” he concluded.
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