The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will look into a recent social media post made by the veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in which he revealed a partnership with a company called "Betwinner News."
Shakib will be served a notice for failing to inform them of the sponsorship agreement, BCB president Nazmul Hassan stated at a press conference following a board meeting on Thursday (August 2).
Establishments that facilitate gambling are strictly forbidden under the country's current legal framework. It is illegal and against the constitution to permit gambling establishments to operate.
“There are two things. Firstly there is no chance of taking permission because we won't give permission. If there is anything related with betting we won't give any permission,” Nazmul said in the press conference.
"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 with betting we won't allow that. We have said that today.
"Some are saying in the board that it might not be related with 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 posting or things like that we have to investigate it. If it is true, than board will take necessary steps," Nazmul added.
Shakib served a one-year suspension from all forms of cricket after pleading guilty to three charges of violating the ICC's anti-corruption policy in 2019.