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BCB to probe betting company endorsing Shakib Al Hasan’s social media post: Report

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The BCB is set to investigate an alleged social media post by Shakib Al Hasan.© AFP

Bangladesh’s biggest cricket star Shakib Al Hasan has stirred controversy once again as the country’s cricket board is set to investigate an alleged social media post endorsing a sports betting company. Back in 2019, Shakib was banned for one year by the ICC for failing to report a corrupt approach from an Indian bookie. According to existing laws in Bangladesh, the promotion and promotion of any gambling-related activity is prohibited.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, “BCB will investigate the all-rounder’s recent social-media post announcing his partnership with a company called “BetWinner News”.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan has announced that Shakib, the veteran with over 12,000 runs and around 650 wickets in nearly 400 international games, will be served a show-cause notice.

The website quoted Najmul as saying, “There are two things. First there is no possibility of taking permission as we will not give permission. If there is anything related to betting then we will not give any permission.” That means he didn’t ask for any permission from us. Second, we need to know whether he actually signed a deal or not.”

“In the meeting, the issue was raised and we said how can it happen, because it is impossible. If it happens then ask him immediately. Give him notice and ask him how it happened as the board will not allow it. If It is related with betting. We will not allow it. We have said today,” Najmul said.

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Najmul promised to conduct a proper investigation as it pertains to the law of the land.

“First of all, we need to know what he has done. This (betting related activities) is not only banned in cricket but in this country and the law does not allow it. It is a serious issue. We are posting on Facebook Can’t depend or such things we have to investigate. If this is true, then the board will take necessary steps,” he concluded.

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