Afghanistan’s Wicketkeeper-Batsman Given Six-Year Suspension

Upon admitting four charges of breaching their Anti-Corruption Code, Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq was given a six-year suspension from the country’s Cricket Board (ACB).

The charges date back to the 2018 Afghan Premier League T20’s first edition when Shafaq was playing for the Nangarhar Leopards, and the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League when he was representing Sylhet Thunder.

Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi, senior anti-corruption manager for the Afghanistan Cricket board said: “This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game.

“The player had also attempted, but failed, to get one of his teammates 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.”

In deciding to collaborate with the anti-corruption unit of the ACB, Quraishi emphasised that Shafaq was preventing the sport’s longer ban.

Additionally, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has played 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20s, has agreed to join the honesty education system of the ACB.