The wicket-keeper of Afghanistan Cricket Team, Shafiqullah Shafaq, has been handed over with a six years ban for breaching four anti-corruption codes of conduct of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
The allegations against the 30-year-old are related to his detachment during the inaugural edition of the 2018 Afghan Premier League. He was also accused of trying to lure a teammate in the last version of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The Nangarhar-born man has pleaded guilty to all four charges. The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) sanctions on Shafiqullah’s allegations are as follows.
Article 2.1.1 – Fixing or contriving in any way or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive in any way or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match, including (without limitation) by deliberately under-performing therein.”
Article 2.1.3 – Seeking, accepting, offering or agreeing to accept any bribe or other Reward to (a) fix or to contrive in any way or otherwise to influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Domestic Match”
Article 2.1.4 – Attempting to solicit, induce, entice, persuade, encourage or intentionally facilitate a Participant to breach Article 2.1.”
Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by a Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under ACB Anti-Corruption Code.”
“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB’s ACU. Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived,” said Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi, ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption manager.
“During our educational program, we always instruct players to report each suspicious activity in order to keep the game cricket and their own careers clean of any corrupt practices.”
The 30-year-old Shafiqullah Shafaq now will be under the rehabilitation and remorse process. He will be giving lectures to the young cricketers to avoid involving themselves in the corrupt activities that can degrade one’s country.