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‘Two years isn’t enough’ – Vaughan & others react to Shakib ban

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

When Shakib Al Hasan, the world’s No.1 ranked ODI all-rounder, was banned for two years for breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, it came as a major shock to the cricketing world, but the reaction has been far from uniform across the globe.

While accepting that Shakib was in the wrong, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said they would stand by their premier player. There was support as well from the Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, and from senior teammates Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.

“It’s clear that Shakib has made a mistake and he’s realised that,” Hasina was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com. “There’s nothing much the government can do about the ICC’s decision but BCB will stand by him.”

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Outside of Bangladesh, however, there was little sympathy. Michael Vaughan and Ramiz Raja were among those condoning of ICC’s non-tolerant approach against corruption, with the former even suggesting the ICC didn’t go far enough in their punishment.

There were some voices offering Shakib consolation.

Those reporting on the sport had some hard-hitting questions to ask as well.

What do you make of Shakib’s actions and the punishment he’s been given? Let us know in the comments for a chance to be featured in the next issue of  Wisden Cricket Monthly, and potentially win a bottle of Orbital whiskey.

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