Banned Shakib Al Hasan Steps Down From MCC's Cricket Committee
Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh’s star all-rounder has decided to step down from the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) Cricket Committee. This follows his being banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday for his failure of disclosing approaches to engage in “corrupt conduct”. ICC in a press release noted that Shakib had accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The MCC World Cricket committee is an independent body comprised of current and former international cricketers and umpires from around the world. They meet twice a year to discuss important issues in the game.
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‘We support his resignation’
Reacting to this development, Mike Gatting- the chairman of the World Cricket Committee expressed his regret for losing Shakib from the committee. Noting that he had made a huge contribution over the last few years, Gatting conceded that his resignation was the right decision. Shakib joined the committee in October 2017. Thereafter, he attended the meetings held in Sydney and Bengaluru. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka in March 2020.
Gatting said, "We are sorry to lose Shakib from the committee, where he has made a great contribution over the last couple of years. As guardians of the spirit of cricket, we support his resignation and believe this was the right decision.”
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‘I didn’t do my duty’
After getting banned, Shakib observed that he had completely accepted his sanction for not reporting the approaches. Furthermore, he admitted that he failed to do his duty as mandated by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit. He added that he was looking forward to working with the ICC to ensure that other players did not commit the same mistake.
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Shakib remarked, "I am obviously extremely sad to have been banned from the game I love, but I completely accept my sanction for not reporting the approaches. The ICC ACU is reliant on players to play a central part in the fight against corruption and I didn't do my duty in this instance. Like the majority of players and fans around the world, I want cricket to be a corruption-free sport and I am looking forward to working with the ICC ACU team to support their education programme and ensure young players don't make the same mistake I did.”
(With ANI inputs)
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