Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

Shakib likely to face legal penalty for betting deal

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is likely to face legal consequences if he is found to be involved with any betting-related activity.

Shakib recently signed a deal with online betting company Betwinner’s sister concern Bet Winner News.

According to the public gambling act, 1867, gambling is prohibited in Bangladesh.

Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar told The Daily Sun that if the all-rounder is found to be involved with any betting-related activity then the country’s law might take its own course.

“The responsibility to file the case lies with the home ministry (regarding someone involved with betting-related activities,” Jabbar said on Thursday.

“If anyone is related to betting (related activity), there are laws for it. If it happens digitally then it is possible to file a case under the digital security act,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon said that they were unaware of Shakib’s deal and if it really happened, they will send show cause notice to Shakib.

“The board won’t allow such a deal to happen…,” Nazmul told reporters in Mirpur after the sixth board meeting of the BCB Board of Directors.

“He is not supposed to ask us for permission since we will not allow such a deal. We have to know if it has taken place first,” he added.

Shakib on Wednesday announced on his official Facebook page that he is endorsing Bet Winner News.

“Dear fans! I am proud to announce my new official partnership with BETWINNER NEWS! BETWINNER NEWS is one and only source of sports news! If you want to be always in trend and find the most important match analysis and sports highlights, then BETWINNER NEWS is for you!,” Shakib wrote in his post.

Shakib was earlier issued show cause notices several times by the BCB and he even was banned by them on a few occasions.

He was even banned for one year by the International Cricket Council for not reporting corrupt approaches.