Afghanistan cricketer handed 6-year ban for corruption

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq has received a 6-year ban after he admitted four charges of breaching their Anti-Corruption Code, the country’s cricket board (ACB) revealed on Sunday.

The charges relate to offences during the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) T20 in 2018, where Shafaq represented the Nangarhar Leopards, and the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), where he played for the Sylhet Thunder.

The 30-year-old made his Afghanistan debut in 2009 and donned the national jersey across 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20 internationals. He has now been banned for 6 years from all cricket-related activities.

“This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018,” ACB’s senior anti-corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said in a statement.

“The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his team mates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the BPL 2019. It’s an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB’s anti-corruption unit.” he added.

Quraishi also said Shafaq’s admission of guilt and cooperation had helped him avoid a much stricter punishment, possibly a life ban. Shafaq will also help with the ACB’s integrity education programs to help younger players learn from his mistakes.

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