Afghan cricketer Shafiqullah Shafaq pronounced banned from cricket for six years after he accepted charges on him related to match-fixing.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said Shafiqullah Shafaq tried to fix matches in Afghanistan Premiere League T20’s inaugural in 2018, whereas, Bangladesh Premier League in 2019.
Shafiqullah Shafiq banned after accepting match-fixing charges
“Shafaq has been charged for breaches of the anti-corruption code which relates to fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement,” the ACB announced in a statement.
The statement added: “Shafaq was also charged for seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other reward to fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any domestic match.”
Match fixing has rocked international cricket in the last two decades with life bans for the late South African skipper Hansie Cronje, Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Pakistan’s Saleem Malik.
ACB’s senior anti-corruption manager said: “This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game.
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,” said the manager.
Shafiqullah Shafaq in September 2019, played last of his Twenty20 internationals for Afghanistan. He has also played 24 one-day internationals for his country.