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BCB seeks solution to Shakib’s controversial ‘Betwinner News’ contract





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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is trying to resolve Test captain Shakib al Hasan’s involvement with a brand affiliated with one of the biggest online gambling portals in the world.

BCB Cricket operations committee chairman Jalal Yunus said the board is discussing the issue with Shakib and the board is not complying with this deal. The board official thinks it might be a mistake and hopes it will be resolved soon.

Shakib last Tuesday irked many in the cricket fraternity after he announced involvement with ‘Betwinner News’, which is a surrogate promotion of online betting and gaming portal Betwinner.

Betwinner holds a valid online gambling license from the government of Curacao and is under parent company 1X Corp N.V. The company owns many other online betting portals including the most famous one – 1xbet.

“It [Betwinner News] might not be involved with betting but it is owned by a betting company. We [BCB] have zero tolerance towards such organizations. His [Shakib] contract is with a company owned by a betting organization. We have already informed him this.” Jalal Yunus said to the media on Monday.

“BCB is not accepting his [Shakib] involvement [with Betwinner News] and he is now well informed of it. We believe he as our player will understand the matter. No one wants to get involved in a controversy, so we have made sure Shakib understands our point, we hope he will soon solve it,"

Bangladesh’s T20I captaincy is stuck due to Shakib’s controversial contract. BCB wants to resolve it and announce the name. Earlier, the board president said that he should be given a notice. Since then, BCB has started the discussion with Shakib.

"We are in contact with him [Shakib] over the issue. We have already spoken to him several times about this. We need to solve this matter, hopefully, we will be able to that in a day or two,” he added.