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Shakib Al Hasan withdraws from Betwinner arrangement after BCB warning

Following the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s ultimatum, Shakib Al Hasan has resigned from his contract with Betwinner. BCB president Nazmul Hasan has declared unequivocally that the board has a zero-tolerance stance against any player involvement with any facility that facilitates or promotes betting or gambling.

The 35-year-old was slated to captain the side in the forthcoming Asia Cup until problems with his sponsorship arrangements with Betwinner arose. Gambling is absolutely illegal under Bangladeshi law and the constitution.

Notably, Shakib declared his affiliation with Betwinner in a social media post on August 2, prompting a BCB investigation. Earlier on August 11, BCB chairman Nazmul Hasan confirmed BCB’s position on the problem, and Shakib’s withdrawal followed mere hours later, putting him back into contention for selection.

“As far as Shakib is concerned, there is no option of second thought here, and the BCB stand is clear in this. When I first came to BCB I said that there is zero tolerance in this regard, and BCB won’t accept it no matter how you explain it. So there is no way he can have the deal (with Betwinner). We had to drop players like [Mohammad] Ashraful, so there is no way he can continue with the deal and now the decision lies with him. We have given a letter, and we are expecting a reply by today. Let us wait and we will decide whether he will be in the team or not,” BCB chief Nazmul Hasan was quoted as saying.