Shakib Al Hasan in trouble for endorsing betting website

Shakib Al Hasan in trouble for endorsing betting website

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan was put on the radar of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after he signed a contract with a betting website without getting the national board’s clearance.

Shakib made a social media announcement about his collaboration with Betwinner News. Following a board meeting, BCB President Nazmul Hassan brought up the subject during a news conference.

“Shakib’s latest sponsorship was discussed during Thursday’s meeting. We have instructed to serve him a notice, to ask him what’s happening with this. The board will not allow it if it is related to betting.”

“He definitely hasn’t asked us for permission. Bangladesh’s law doesn’t permit it. It is a serious issue. We cannot however just rely on a Facebook post (sic), so we have to investigate to find out about it,” Hassan said.

BCB chief executive, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, said they wanted to find a rapid solution to the problem. The website’s legality needs to be verified even though it isn’t directly related to gambling.

“It is quite clear why these news portals are made. We all very well know what these are. Shakib didn’t inform us about his deal. We heard about it today (Wednesday). We are looking at it legally, and want to settle the matter quickly.”

“It is not a direct contract with a betting site, but it is related to the betting site. It is a news portal. But since betting is related to it, we have to check the legal side of it. The law of the land doesn’t allow betting, so we will do what is legally necessary,” Nizamuddin told Dhaka-based Bengali newspaper ‘Kaler Kantho’.

“If he (Shakib) understands what it is, then it will be easy. If he doesn’t understand, it will be complicated. There’s a matter of our image being damaged. There are merits and also demerits in everything. He probably didn’t think about the demerits,” he added.

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