On Sunday, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) banned wicket-keeper batsman Shafiquallah Shafaq for a 6 years long period, from all forms of cricket after he accepted four charges related to the breaching of the ACB Anti-corruption Code.
The charge relates to the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in 2018 and Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL) in 2019.
Addressing the matter, ACB’s Senior Anti-Corruption manager Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi said, “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.”
“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.
The 30-year-old right-hand batsman made 24 appearances in ODIs and managed to score 430 runs. In 46 T20s, he scored 494 runs with his highest score being an unbeaten 51. The last match he played was a T20 international game against Bangladesh in September 2019.