IN HOT WATER
Shakib Al Hasan could be served a notice by the BCB. © AFP
The Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Thursday (August 4) that it would not allow Shakib Al Hasan to hold a sponsorship deal with any betting related company and insisted that they will will investigate a recent social-media post from the all-rounder announcing his partnership with a company called “Betwinner News”.
As per the existing laws of the country, there are stringent prohibitions on establishments that facilitate gambling. Allowing gambling businesses to function is in contravention to the law as well as the constitution.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that they will serve Shakib a notice for not informing them of the sponsorship deal. “There are two things. Firstly there is no chance of taking permission because we won’t give permission. If there is anything related with betting we won’t give any permission, Nazmul said. “That means he did not ask any permission from us. Second we have to know whether he had really signed a deal or not.
“In today’s meeting the issue was raised and we said how can it happen, because it is impossible. If that happens ask him immediately. Serve him notice and ask him how it happened because the board will not allow it. If it is related with betting we won’t allow that. We have said that today.
“Some are saying in the board that it might not be related with that (Betwinner is an online gambling portal) and in that case we are unable to take a decision. Still I have asked them to know it as soon as possible. Board’s stance is very clear that it is impossible for us.
“[But] first we have to know what he has done. This (betting related activities) is not only in cricket but in this country it is prohibited and the law does not permit it. This is a serious issue. We cannot depend on Facebook posting or things like that we have to investigate it. If it is true, than board will take necessary steps,” Nazmul added.
The latest Betwinner controversy is the latest wrangle the veteran all-rounder has landed in. Shakib was banned from all cricket for a year in 2019 after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code.