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Fantasy cricket has had amazing adventures in the past, but it has also faced some challenging circumstances. The world was stunned to learn that a number of well-known great players had engaged in match-fixing and other unscrupulous practises. All actions that violate ICC regulations are regarded as unlawful. Numerous unlawful practises exist, including doping, match-fixing, and spot-fixing. The management mostly keeps track of the player’s behaviour. Players would lose their right to play cricket for a number of years if they are found guilty for any misconducts or have any involvment with corruption.
In this article, we will highlight five cricketers who got banned from the game due to their involvement in corrupt practices.
Salman Butt, a former Pakistani cricketer, gained notoriety in 2010 for planning to deliver no-balls against England. He, alongside Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were found guilty and sentenced to a 10-year ban after an inquiry. In addition, Southwark Crown Court in England sentenced him to 2.5 years in prison for “conspiracy to cheat in gambling and to accept corrupt payments.”
Mohammad Ashraful is among one of the renowned Bangladeshi cricketers who is known for his impeccable batting. He participated in 61 tests and 177 ODIs, amassing 3468 and 2737 runs. When he was 17-years old, he became the youngest test cricket player to smash a ton. In 2013, during a game between Chittagong Vikings and the Bangladesh Premier League, Ashraful was involved in a match-fixing situation. According to reports, he received $12,800 for losing the game. The Bangladesh Cricket Board consequently suspended him for eight years.
Heath Streak was a Zimbabwean all-rounder who appeared in 189 One-Day Internationals and 65 Test matches. He also represented the Ahmedabad Rockets during the Indian Cricket League. For his impeccable efforts to the Zimbabwean team, Heath is admired by many cricket fans. Despite his impeccable performance and contribution to his home team, Heath Streak was banned from cricket for eight years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for violating the anti-corruption policy. He was charged for leaking confidential information during the 2018 Zimbabwe-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka tri-series, IPL 2018, 2018 Afghanistan Premier League and 2018 Zimbabwe-Afghanistan series.
Siddharth Trivedi sprang to popularity after his outstanding performances in the 2002 U-19 World Cup, where he grabbed nine wickets in seven matches. Trivedi rose to prominence while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the IPL, where he was an important player of the team and eventually helped them to win the championship. But luck was not in favour with him for very long. Trivedi was afterwards questioned by police and acknowledged to being approached by the alleged bookies, Deepak Sharma and Sunil Bhatia, from who he allegedly accepted Rs. 3 Lakh. He, later on, returned the money as he was afraid of getting exposed. However, the BCCI still imposed a one-year ban on him.
Former captain Shakib Al Hasan was hailed as a hero by Bangladeshis, therefore when his name was linked to such a heinous incident, supporters were shocked. Shakib was banned from playing cricket for two years because he failed to report BCCI after several bookies tried to approach him.
Match-fixing is something that happens in almost every sport and many good players even get involved with these activities and eventually ruin their careers. But if you are into fantasy sports, don’t think that you are doing something illegal as these games are deemed completely legal by the supreme court. Download the best fantasy app in Bangladesh and start making your own dream team right away.