In the aftermath of failing to report corrupt approaches and being punished with a two-year ban by ICC on Tuesday (October 29), Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has decided to step down from the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) Cricket Committee.
Shakib accepted all three charges of breaching the ICC’s Anti Corruption Code against him and is now set to be away from the game atleast until October 28, 2020; subject to him satisfying the conditions in respect of the suspended part of the sanction.
"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," Mike Gatting, Chairman of the World Cricket committee said in an official statement.
The committee is an independent body comprising of current and former international cricketers, umpires from across the globe and meets twice a year to discuss issues prevailing in the world of cricket.
It was joined by Shakib in October 2017 and he was part of two such meetings in Sydney and Bangalore.
The next meeting is due to take place in Sri Lanka in March 2020.
"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," Shakib was quoted as saying in an ICC media release.
"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," he added.
(Inputs from HT)