Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has officially been inducted to world cricket administrative body Marylebone Cricket Club’s World Cricket Committee. Three other have also been inducted. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আনুষ্ঠানিকভাবে এমসিসির বিশ্ব কমিটিতে সাকিব]
Shakib received a proposal from MCC in the previous week. He has become the first Bangladeshi representative in MCC World Cricket Committee. The first meeting of this committee will be in January in Sydney.
Apart from Shakib, New Zealand women skipper Suzie Bates, former West Indian fast bowler and current commentator Ian Bishop, and former Sri Lankan off-spinner and current ICC Elite Panel umpire Kumar Dharmasena have been inducted.
Meanwhile, former England batsman Mike Gatting has officially taken the role of chairman of the committee.
“We’re delighted to welcome the four new members who will all have a great deal to offer the committee. Suzie is well respected around the world as one of the leading women’s players and will be able to give an insight into how to grow the game, particularly as a current player,” said Gatting.
“Ian played with some of the biggest names that the West Indies have ever had in the game and having toured the globe as a commentator since retirement, he will be able to offer a view of the game as both a player and through the eyes of the media.
“Kumar’s experience as both an umpire and a player will be invaluable and as a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, will have first-hand experience of some of the global issues that are discussed in a committee.
“Shakib is the first Bangladeshi player to have joined the committee and has great experience of the world game across all formats, both domestically and internationally, and we look forward to his contributions along with the rest of the new additions.”
MCC World Cricket Committee: Mike Gatting (chairman), Vince van der Bijl, Brendon McCullum, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, John Stephenson, Kumar Sangakkara, Kumar Dharmasena, Sourav Ganguly, Rod Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Suzie Bates, Tim May, Shakib Al Hasan.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com