Bangladesh deny media reports that Al-Amin involved in illegal betting

"There is no truth in reports that he was sent home because of alleged links with bookies"

“There is no truth in reports that he was sent home because of alleged links with bookies”

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Bangladesh have denied media reports that pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain was sent home since he was involved in illegal betting.

Hossain was recently sent home from the World Cup since he broke the 10pm curfew on February 19 in Brisbane.

However, Dhaka-based English newspaper, New Age, claims that Hossain has been under observation by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for some time.

But, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)’s head of media, Jalal Yunus, made it clear that Hossain is not involved in illegal betting or any other corrupt activities.

“The ACSU has told us they have nothing against Hossain, but we took action because we have a no-tolerance policy for not obeying team orders,” Yunus said. “There is no truth in reports that he was sent home because of alleged links with bookies.”

Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak stated that Hossain will not be missed since his replacement, Shafiul Islam, has a lot of experience under his belt.

“We are obviously disappointed and sad to see a fellow team-mate go, but it won’t affect us too much,” Streak said. “Shafiul coming in is good because he is a very experienced campaigner and has been part of the dressing room for a long time.”

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