Shakib confirms he was approached by bookie

Published: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 11:57 [IST]
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Shakib approached by bookie

Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) on Wednesday confirmed that several senior players, including captain Shakib Al Hasan, were approached by illegal bookmakers during the home Test series against India earlier this year.

Shakib along with opener Tamim Iqbal were contacted by match-fixers and the incident was immediately brought at the notice of ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told cricinfo.

Incidentally, it was for the second time Shakib was approached by bookmakers. The left-hander had earlier this year said that he was contacted by a bookmaker in 2008 as well.

"I took the phone, and the way he spoke, he never exactly told me he wanted me to fix a match, he just told me he wanted to be my sponsor or something like that," Shakib said then.

"The way he was talking, I thought he might do something, so I told someone," he had said.

The announcement came after 'spot-fixing' scandal involving Pakistan players rocked the entire cricketing world when, in a sting operation by a British tabloid, alleged fixer Mazhar Majeed had claimed that several Pakistani cricketers including captain Salman Butt were involved in 'spot-fixing' during the Lord's Test against England.

Stunned by the recent scandal, BCB is now organising awareness programmes for the national players.


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