The Bangladesh captain spoke to reporters about he was contacted by a suspicious person a couple of years back and that he had reported him to the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit.
Shakib Al Hasan told waiting reporters ahead of Bangladesh’s first Test against England at Lord’s, “It was a long time ago. Two and a half years ago. Only once, he called me, and I told the guys. That was it. I didn’t talk to him much because we had a team meeting to go to, so I told him ‘I’ll talk to you later – and immediately told a member of the board and the ICC guy (the late Colonel Noor of Pakistan, then member of the ACU), they took action and after that he never called me again.”
Shakib further stated that although no blatant reference was made about match fixing, he grew suspicious by the conversation, “I took the phone, and the way he spoke, he never exactly told me he wanted me to fix a match, he just told me he wanted to be my sponsor or something like that. The way he was talking, I thought he might do something, so I told someone.”
He reiterated his patriotism, “What I feel is I am not caring about money. I want to play for my country, that is a great pride for me, and I want to continue to do well for my country. If I play well for the next ten years, the money will come and I won’t have to worry about it.”
England county was recently rocked with Pakistan’s Danesh Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield being arrested by the Essex Police in connection with spot fixing and the England captain, Andrew Strauss, has asked county cricketers to remain alert and report anything suspicious.
Strauss stated he could not believe cricketers could trade the game for money, but he nevertheless warned players after one player reported being approached by an Indian businessman who claimed to pay for information about the outcome.