Michael Vaughan takes a subtle dig at England’s sloppy fielding against Pakistan

Ever since Shakib Al Hasan’s two-year-ban for failing to report approaches made to him by a bookie in recent past, the cricket fraternity is divided. While the Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday pledged support to the all-rounder, former England captain Michael Vaughan felt that two years wasn’t enough as a punishment.

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 …

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019

Left fuming with the Bangladesh Test and T20I captain’s conduct, Vaughan took to Twitter to voice his opinion on how he has no sympathy for him. But, he was faced with angry replies from Twitterati in his mentions for taking a jab at Shakib Al Hasan.

The 45-year-old former cricketer stood strong by his initial point and tweeted indicating that he has 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,” 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 .. #EndOf

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 29, 2019

Shakib can return to international cricket only from October 29, 2020, with a year of ban being suspended. The 32-year-old, in the meantime, will miss the Indian Premier League 2020 and T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

Upon facing criticism from various fans on the social media platform, Vaughan engaged himself in a war of words on Wednesday.

I was average .. I accept that .. but at least I wasn’t corrupt .. #Cheers #OnOn https://t.co/DqWI8Rc1TE

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2019

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2019

Md .. I go to school every day to drop the kids off .. btw .. All players know the rules these days .. Report any approach .. he didn’t .. he is corrupt .. #Fact https://t.co/Mkxn8Rpzb1

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2019

Few fans pointed out his apparent hypocrisy whilst talking about the ban given to Steve Smith after the ball-tampering scandal and his stance on Shakib Al Hasan’s failure to report approaches by the bookie.

Yeah nah mate I think your bias has a colour and it’s showing. Any thoughts on THIS tweet from last year? pic.twitter.com/UmT0xQcjpV

Only thing I’ll say is this – are we comfortable with him getting a longer ban, not for cheating, but for not reporting an approach, than Smith and Warner got for actually cheating?

— Ben Thapa (@BenThapa82) October 29, 2019

Shakib, who has been found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, was charged upon facing two approaches by a bookie, later identified as Deepak Aggarwal, during a tri-series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe in January 2018 and once during the IPL in April 2018.

The 32-year-old’s ban also meant that he had to step down from Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) Cricket Committee.