All-rounder Nasir Hossain banned from all format for Anti-Corruption Code breach

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Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain faces a significant setback in his cricketing career as he accepts charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, leading to a ban from all forms of cricket. The ICC charged Hossain in September 2023, and he has admitted to three charges, resulting in a two-year ban, with six months suspended.

These charges stem from his involvement in the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League, where Hossain, along with seven others, including players, officials, and team owners, faced accusations of corruption-related activities. The charges include failure to disclose the receipt of a gift valued over $750, not reporting full details of corrupt conduct approaches or invitations, and refusal to cooperate with the investigation conducted by the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (DACO).

The ICC’s anti-corruption unit, acting on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), successfully disrupted attempts to corrupt matches in the league, although there is no evidence suggesting match-fixing occurred. Despite this, the charges underscore a serious breach of trust and integrity within the sport.

Having played 115 matches for Bangladesh across formats between 2011 and 2018, scoring 2695 runs and taking 39 wickets, Hossain has primarily featured in the domestic circuit lately, participating in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League for Prime Bank Cricket Club.

Hossain’s ban will last until April 7, 2025, after which he will be free to resume international cricket, provided he fulfills the conditions related to the suspended part of the sanction.

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