Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has banned national team player Shafiqullah Shafaq from all forms of cricket for six years on charges of violation of the ACB Anti-Corruption Code.
The after ACB said Sunday in a statement that Shafaq has accepted four charges related to the breaching of the ACB Anti-Corruption Code.
The charges relate to the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League T20 (APL T20) in 2018 and the 2019 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the statement said.
Under the provisions of the Code, Shafaq chose to admit the charges levied against him and agreed to the sanctions by ACB instead of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing.
“This is a very serious offense where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in APL T20 2018. 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,” the ACB’s 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,” Quraishi noted.
Quraishi also pointed out that without Shafaq’s admission of guilt and full cooperation with ACU throughout the investigation, the ban could have been significantly longer.
BRIEF HISTORY: SINCE 2002, PRESS RESTRICTIONS WERE GRADUALLY RELAXED AND PRIVATE MEDIA DIVERSIFIED. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE PRESS IS PROMOTED IN 2004.
SINCE THEN MORE THAN 30 AFGHANISTAN BASED TELEVISION CHANNELS BOTH TERRESTRIAL AND SATELLITE AND AROUND 100 RADIO FM STATIONS STARTED OPERATION IN THE COUNTRY.
FOREIGN RADIO STATIONS, SUCH AS VOICE OF AMERICA AND BBC WORLD SERVICE, ALSO BROADCAST INTO THE COUNTRY.