The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has stated that they will look into the recent controversy surrounding Shakib Al Hasan’s partnership with a company named ‘Betwinner News’. The BCB isn’t too happy with the collaboration and has said that it would now allow Bangladesh’s former skipper to hold a sponsorship deal with any betting-related company. Further, they asserted that they will investigate the social-media post shared by the KKR all-rounder.
The existing laws of the country don’t allow players to hold a sponsorship deal with any gambling company. Allowing gambling businesses to function is in contravention to the law as well as the constitution.
The president of Bangladesh, Nazmul Hassan isn’t too pleased with Shakib’s sponsorship deal and will serve a notice to him.
“There are two things. Firstly there is no chance of taking permission because we won’t give permission. If there is anything related to betting we won’t give any permission“, Nazmul said. “That means he did not ask any permission from us. Second, we have to know whether he had really signed a deal or not.
“In today’s meeting the issue was raised and we said how can it happen because it is impossible. If that happens ask him immediately. Serve him notice and ask him how it happened because the board will not allow it. If it is related to betting we won’t allow that. We have said that today.
“Some are saying in the board that it might not be related to that (Betwinner is an online gambling portal) and in that case, we are unable to take a decision. Still, I have asked them to know it as soon as possible. Board’s stance is very clear that it is impossible for us.
“[But] first we have to know what he has done. This (betting-related activities) is not only in cricket but in this country it is prohibited and the law does not permit it. This is a serious issue. We cannot depend on Facebook postings or things like that we have to investigate it. If it is true, then the board will take necessary steps,” Nazmul added.