Afghanistan cricketer Shafiqullah Shafaq on May 10 (Sunday) was handed a six-year ban from all forms of cricket by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Incidentally, the wicket-keeper batsman accepted his involvement in corrupt activities during the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) T20 and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Meanwhile, Shafaq accepted four charges relating to the breach of the ACB Anti-Corruption Code during the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 in 2018 and the 2019 edition of the BPL. Shafiqullah Shafaq breached Article 2.1 of the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The breach of article 2.1.3 relates to “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.” The other two charges relate to failure to report a corrupt approach to the anti-corruption unit.
“Shafaq was charged under breach of article 2.1.1 which is directly related to “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” which also includes deliberate under-performance,” the ACB said in a statement.
“Under the provisions of the Code, Mr.Shafaq chose to admit the charges levied against him and agreed to the sanctions by ACB in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing,” the ACB press release stated.
The report also added that Shafiqullah Shafiq tried to engage one of his teammates into corruption during a high-profile game in BPL 2019. Shafiquallah has represented Afghanistan in 24 one-dayers and 46 T20Is. His last international appearance was in a T20 game against Bangladesh in September 2019.