London: Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan, has confirmed that he was approached by some random person over the phone to manipulate the one-day international against Ireland.
The incident is said to have happened in Dhaka in March 2008, and involved a brief phonecall on the eve of an ODI series against Ireland in which Shakib, who was not captain then, was offered "sponsorship" in return for his under-performance.
Shakib immediately informed about the incidence to the Bangladesh Cricket Board and to Colonel Qaza Noor, the ASCU's regional manager, and never heard from the caller again. The series was won by Bangladesh 3-0.
According to cricinfo reports,Shakib said on the eve of the first Test against England at Lord's said "It was a long time ago, probably two-and-a-half years ago, in our home conditions against Ireland."
"I didn't talk to him much because we had a team meeting to go to, so I told him 'I'll talk to you later' and immediately told a member of the board and the ICC guy. They took action and after that he never called me again," he added.
This announcement came to light after a Daily telegraph revealed that a senior county cricketer was asked to "name his price" to fix the result of televised one-day matches in English domestic cricket. The ECB later confirmed two players had reported approaches to them.