Bangladesh’s cricketer Shakib Al Hasan is in hot waters after it has been reported that he has signed a deal with a betting/gambling company. The post on his social media profile announced his partnership with Betwinner News, a betting company, and it has raised many concerns in regard.
According to Bangladesh’s laws, the BCB is quite serious about the issue, and any such act is strictly prohibited according to their rule and regulations. If the company is found to be involved in any betting-related establishment, Shakib will be in hot water.
BCB President Nazmul Hasan was quick to take notice. He has announced that Shakib’s deal with the company was not in the knowledge of the board. Nazmul further stated the BCB would never permit a player. While clarifying that Shakib did not conversate with the board about it, the board narrated that it would have to investigate to know if or not the deal was made.
His statements, according to Cricbuzz, are,
“There are two things. Firstly there is no chance of taking permission because we won’t give permission. If there is anything related to betting, we won’t give any permission. That means he did not ask any permission from us. Second, we have to know whether he had really signed a deal or not.”
“In today’s meeting, the issue was raised, and we said how can it happen because it is impossible. If that happens, ask him immediately. Serve him notice and ask him how it happened because the board will not allow it. If it is related to betting, we won’t allow that. We have said that today,”
Hasan claimed that many members of the board are unsure if Betwinner News is actually a gambling company or not. He maintained the board would have to investigate what had happened.
“Some are saying in the board that it might not be related with that (Betwinner is an online gambling portal) and in that case we are unable to take a decision. Still I have asked them to know it as soon as possible. Board’s stance is very clear that it is impossible for us.”
“[But] first we have to know what he has done. This (betting related activities) is not only in cricket but in this country it is prohibited and the law does not permit it. This is a serious issue. We cannot depend on Facebook posting or things like that we have to investigate it. If it is true, than board will take necessary steps,”
It must be noted that Shakib earlier served a ban in 2019 as he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Code of conduct in anti-corruption-related issues.
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