NOVEMBER 2017: BEGGININGS IN THE BANGLADESH PREMIER LEAGUE
While Shakib was playing for Dhaka Dynamites in November 2017, he was aware that his phone number had been given to a man named Deepak Aggarwal by an acquaintance. Aggarwal had asked the acquaintance to provide contacts of Bangladesh Premier League players.
In mid-November, Aggarwal began messaging Shakib on WhatsApp and sought to meet him.
JANUARY 2018: CONTACT MADE DURING TIGERS’ TRI-SERIES
In January, 2018, Shakib was selected for the tri-series featuring Bangaldesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. During the series, he and Aggarwal engaged in further WhatsApp conversations.
On 19 January, 2018, he received a message from Aggarwal congratulating him for being named man of the match in that day’s game.
Aggarwal followed this message with a message saying “do we work in this or I wait til the IPL”. This was the first request for inside information and Shakib did not report it.
On 23 January, 2018, he received another WhatsApp message and Agarwal made another approach to provide inside information, saying “Bro anything in this series?”
Shakib confirmed this message related to Aggarwal’s request to provide inside information in relation to the ongoing tri-series. Shakib did not report this request.
APRIL 2018: TALK ABOUT BANK ACCOUNTS DURING IPL
On April 26, 2018, Shakib was playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, when Aggarwal messaged him to ask whether a particular player was going to be play, i.e. again asking for inside information.
That conversation continued with Aggarwal talking about bitcoins and dollar accounts and asking Shakib for his dollar account details. During the conversation, Shakib told Aggarwal that he wanted to meet him “first”.
The messages on 26 April, 2018 included a number of deleted messages. Shakib said the deleted messages contained requests from Aggarwal for inside information.
He also said that he had concerns over Aggarwal, feeling he was a bit “dodgy”, and that, following their conversations, he had the feeling Aggarwal was a bookie. However, Shakib still did not report the contact to any anti-corruption authority, although he did tell the ACU that he did not accept any money or reward from Aggarwal nor comply with his requests for information.