Bangladesh all-rounder banned from all cricket for Anti-Corruption Code breach

On January 16, 2024, the cricketing world was shook by the announcement that renowned all-rounder Nasir Hossain of Bangladesh had been banned from all forms of the game for violating the Anti-Corruption Code of the International Cricket Council (ICC). This unexpected development sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity, raising questions about the integrity of the sport and the future of the talented player.

Cricket, like any sport, thrives on fair play and competition played with utmost integrity. The ICC, the governing body of international cricket, implements a strict Anti-Corruption Code to safeguard the sport’s ethical standards. Unfortunately, Nasir Hossain, a promising Bangladeshi cricketer with a bright future ahead, has fallen prey to the lure of corruption, leading to his ban from the sport he loved.
Unveiling the Breach: What Led to Hossain’s Ban?

The charges against Hossain stem from incidents during the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League. He was one of seven people—players, officials, and team owners—who were looked at for possible involvement in corruption. The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) conducted a thorough investigation, culminating in charges against Hossain in September 2023.

The Specific Charges:

Hossain admitted to three specific charges:

  • Breach of Article 2.4.3: Failing to disclose the receipt of a gift valued over US$750, namely a new iPhone 12, to the Designated Anti-Corruption Official (ACO) without unnecessary delay.
  • Breach of Article 2.4.4: Failing to promptly report to the ACO the approach of a known corruptor who attempted to induce him to participate in corrupt activities.
  • Breach of Article 2.4.5: Failing to cooperate fully with the ACU’s investigation, including providing inaccurate and misleading information.
The Investigation and Outcome:

Hossain’s acceptance of the charges paved the way for a quicker resolution through the ICC’s simplified process. His two-year sentence, of which six months are suspended, means he will miss eighteen months of cricket matches. This ban applies to all forms of cricket, including domestic, international, and recreational matches.

Impact and Implications:
On Hossain:

The ban marks a devastating blow to Hossain’s cricketing career. Even at 32, he remained a key component of Bangladesh’s cricketing future. His all-round skills, including his aggressive batting and accurate bowling, had earned him a loyal fan base and a place in the national team. In addition to delaying his career, this suspension damages his reputation and casts a shadow over his cricketing history.

On Bangladesh Cricket:

The incident casts a shadow over Bangladeshi cricket, raising concerns about the potential vulnerability of its players to corrupt practices. While the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has taken strong measures to uphold integrity, this incident highlights the need for constant vigilance and educational initiatives to ensure the ethical conduct of players.

On the Wider Cricketing World:

The Hossain case serves as a stark reminder that corruption remains a threat to the integrity of cricket. It underscores the importance of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code and the ACU’s relentless efforts to combat corrupt practices. This incident also emphasizes the need for ongoing education and awareness programs for players and officials to reinforce the importance of fair play and ethical conduct.


The ban on Nasir Hossain serves as a cautionary tale for players and officials alike. It emphasizes the seriousness of breaking the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and the necessity of keeping cricket’s highest integrity standards. While the ban may mark the end of Hossain’s cricketing career, it should also serve as a catalyst for the cricketing world to strengthen its anti-corruption measures and ensure that the spirit of fair play continues to be the cornerstone of the game.

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