Just like his batting, Rohit Sharma keeps things simple off the field as well. And the journalists learned it the hard way on Thursday when they asked the India star about Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladesh allrounder was recently banned by ICC. The ICC banned Shakib for two years from all cricket with a year of suspended sentence.
He has been punished for failing to report multiple requests for inside information from an alleged bookmaker, Deepak Aggarwal. Shakib pleaded guilty to three charges under the ICC’s anti-corruption code relating to matches in the 2018 Indian Premier League and a tri-series involving Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
In order to avoid the one-year suspended sentence coming into effect, Shakib must not commit any offence under the Anti-Corruption Unit code during the initial one-year suspension. He will also have to participate regularly in anti-corruption education and/or rehabilitation programmes.
Unsurprisingly, Shakib has become the talk of the town with fans and experts from across the world commenting on the ban. However, Rohit Sharma is perhaps not interested in talking about it and he recently made it clear. Ahead of the first T20I against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma was interacting with the journalists.
This is when one of the journalists asked about Shakib Al Hasan’s suspension. Rohit, who does not like to beat around the bush, was quick to cut the scribe short by retorting:
“I am not ICC”.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma will lead India in the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. The three-match series will get underway in Delhi on November 3. After the T20Is, both the teams will lock horns in a two-match Test series. He will be looking to continue his fine form when he leads the team.
Rohit is entering the series on the back of a highly successful Test series against South Africa. Opening the batting for the first time in Tests, the right-handed batsman slammed three tons in four innings including a career-best 212.