Afghanistan's Shafiqullah given six-year ban

By Sports Desk May 10, 2020

Afghanistan international Shafiqullah Shafaq has been banned from all forms of cricket for six years after accepting four corruption charges.

Shafiqullah admitted to four breaches of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) anti-corruption code.

The charges against the 30-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman related to the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League T20 in 2018 and the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

A statement from the ACB revealed Shafiqullah had unsuccessfully attempted to get one of his team-mates to engage in corruption during a BPL match last year.

ACB senior anti-corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said: "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."

He added: "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."

Shafiqullah's last appearance for his country came in a Twenty20 game against Bangladesh last September.

He has represented Afghanistan in 46 T20 fixtures and 24 one-dayers.

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