Shakib Al Hasan reveals fixing approach

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said that a suspicious individual approached him ahead of the 2008 one-day series at home to Ireland.

Updated: May 26, 2010 13:32 IST
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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan revealed on Wednesday how he was once approached by an individual willing to act as his "sponsor".

Shakib's comments came on the same day as a British newspaper report which featured a county cricketer claiming he was approached by an Indian businessman seeking to fix the result of televised domestic one-day matches. (Read:Indian businessman approached county player for fixing: Report)

Tigers skipper Shakib, asked about cricket corruption ahead of the first Test against England at Lord's on Thursday, said he once reported an incident to the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

Shakib told reporters at Lord's that a suspicious individual approached him ahead of the 2008 one-day series at home to Ireland, suggesting he wanted to be the all-rounder's sponsor.

Shakib reported the incident to the ACU and said he never heard from the individual again.

"It was a long time ago. Two and a half years ago. Only once, he called me, and I told the guys. That was it.

"I didn't talk to him much because we had a team meeting to go to, so I told him 'I'll talk to you later - and immediately told a member of the board and the ICC guy (the late Colonel Noor of Pakistan who was then a member of the ACU), they took action and after that he never called me again.

"We didn't have time to discuss all the things, and what I should do.

"I took the phone, and the way he spoke, he never exactly told me he wanted me to fix a match, he just told me he wanted to be my sponsor or something like that," Shakib added. "The way he was talking, I thought he might do something, so I told someone."

"There was no name, and no amount was discussed. I can't speak for anyone else, but as far as I'm concerned my head wasn't turned at that time.

"What I feel is I am not caring about money. I want to play for my country, that is a great pride for me, and I want to continue to do well for my country.

"As far as my family is concerned we are settled enough to lead our lives, so I am not concerned about those monies.

"If I play well for the next ten years, the money will come and I won't have to worry about it."

The Daily Telegraph reported an unnamed county player saying he was told he could name his price for giving information about the result of a match and that other county cricketers had accepted money from bookmakers.

The revelations come just weeks after Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria and Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield were arrested and bailed as a result of an investigation into alleged spot fixing - the practice of paying a player to perform a certain task such as bowling a number of wides.

England captain Andrew Strauss, responding to the report, said players had to play their part in stamping out all types of fixing.

"The authorities are doing everything they can, but there is a huge responsibility on the players to make sure it doesn't take hold and spread," Strauss said.

"It's the only way of ironing it out. For players to be tempted by taking money is ludicrous in my mind.

"We've got a duty as players to make sure that if we hear of it, or are approached by someone, we come forward and report it straight away."

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