IN HOT WATER
Shakib Al Hasan could receive a warning from the BCB. © AFP
The Bangladesh Cricket Board said Thursday (Aug 4) that Shakib Al Hasan should not be allowed to enter into a sponsorship deal with a gambling-related company and insisted that they will investigate a recent social media post from the all-rounder announcing his partnership with a company called “Betwinner news”.
Under the existing laws of the country, there are strict prohibitions on establishments that facilitate gambling. Allowing gambling companies to operate is against both the law and the constitution.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan said they will message Shakib for failing to notify them of the sponsorship deal. “There are two things. First, there is no chance of getting permission because we won’t give permission. If it has anything to do with betting, we don’t give permission,” Nazmul said. That means he didn’t ask for permission from us. Second, we need to know if he actually signed a deal or not.
“In today’s meeting, the issue came up and we said how it can happen, because it’s impossible. If that happens, ask him immediately. I bet we don’t allow that, we said that today.
“Some say in the board it might not have anything to do with that (Betwinner is an online gambling portal) and in that case we can’t make a decision. Still, I asked them to know as soon as possible. Board position is very clear that it is impossible for us.
“[But] first we need to know what he did. This (betting related activities) is not only in cricket but in this country it is prohibited and the law does not allow it. This is a serious problem. We can’t depend on Facebook posts or anything like that, we have to investigate. If it is true, the board will take the necessary steps,” Nazmul added.
The latest controversy between the Betwinners is the latest feud in which the experienced all-rounder has ended up. Shakib was banned from all cricket for a year in 2019 after he accepted three charges for violating the ICC’s anti-corruption code.