Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is now free to play competitive cricket after serving a one-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). He returned home a few weeks ago and has been drafted to play for Gemcon Khulna in the upcoming Bangabandhu T20 Cup starting later this month.
But Cricket Australia (CA) still have their door closed for Shakib to play in the upcoming Big Bash League.
Following the news of Shakib's release, a team from Big Bash showed interest in taking him to their team. But that team has now moved away from its interest in recruiting Shakib due to objections from the CA ethical police as part of its zero-tolerance against corruption in cricket.
According to the Australian media, the team did not show any further interest in the Bangladesh all-rounder due to the objections of Cricket Australia's ethical police. Cricket Australia's ethical police usually have a number of observations on a cricketer who has previously been punished for immoral acts.
Most of the time a punished cricketer is not allowed to play in the Big Bash by the moral police.
Previously, Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir's inclusion was nullified even though he played in a few franchise tournaments after being free from his ban for spot-fixing. They even took away captaincy of David Warner and Steve Smith after they were banned for ball-tampering.
Shakib was banned for a year for not informing about the offer of fixing by an Indian bookie last year. This punishment has become an obstacle for Shakib to play in the Big Bash.
Shakib remains the only Bangladeshi cricketer to play in BBL. The southpaw previously featured for Adelaide Strikers in 2013-14 and for Melbourne Renegades in 2014-15.