Michael Vaughan issues clarification after facing social media roasting for harsh tweet against Shakib al Hasan


Former England captain Michael Vaughan has faced social media roasting for his harsh tweet against the banned Bangladeshi cricket captain Shakib al Hasan, who was banned by the ICC for two years on corruption charges. Reacting to the ICC’s decision, Vaughan had said that the world governing body of cricket ought to have imposed a longer ban against Shakib.

Michael Vaughan

Vaughan wrote on Twitter, “No sympathy what’s so ever for Shakib Al Hasan … Non what’s so ever … In this era the players get briefed all the time about what they can & cant do and what that have to report straight away … 2 yrs isn’t enough … Should have been longer.”

His criticism for Shakib evoked angry reactions from Bangladeshi cricket fans, who began to hurl abuses at the former English captain for his harsh tweet. Faced with incessant trolling, Vaughan issued a clarification defending his demand for a longer ban against Shakib. He wrote, “For all you abusing I have zero tolerance for corruption .. It doesn’t matter what team you play for .. Players these days know exactly what they can and can’t do .. also know they have to report anything .. if they don’t they know the consequences.”

The ICC on Tuesday had banned Shakib from all forms of cricket for two years for failing to report the contact made by a bookie to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC or his country’s cricket board.

The ICC had later released the sensational WhastApp messages that  Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan exchanged with a bookie, identified as Deepak Aggarwal on multiple occasions.

On 19 January 2018, Shakib received a WhatsApp message from Aggarwal congratulating him for being named man of the match in that day’s game. Aggarwal followed this message with another message asking ‘do we work in this or I wait till the IPL?’ The reference to ‘work’ in this message was a reference to him providing Inside Information to Aggarwal.

Shakib did not report this contact from Aggarwal to the ACU or any other anti-corruption authority.

On 23 January 2018, he received another WhatsApp message from Aggarwal in which the bookie made another approach to him asking the Bangladeshi captain to provide him with inside information, saying ‘Bro anything in this series?’