Cook replaces Shakib in MCC
Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been replaced by former England skipper, Sir Alastair Cook in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)’s World Cricket committee. MCC announced this on Tuesday (Janurary 28).
Meanwhile, former West Indies pacer and now a renowned cricket commentator, Ian Bishop has been replaced by the Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skeritt.
Shakib, 32, who joined the committee in October, 2017, stepped down on October 29 last year after he was given a two-year ban for “failing to report corrupt approaches” in October 2019.
The committee is an independent panel of former and current players and umpires that can propose changes to the sport’s laws.
Former England skipper Cook is his country’s leading Test run-scorer with 12,472 in 161 matches. He also captained England a record 59 times. Though the 35-year-old retired from international cricket in 2018, he has continued to play county cricket for Essex.
Apart from Cook and Skeritt, the remaining three members of the World Cricket Committee are Australia spin legend Shane Warne, former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting and former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara. Former England captain Mike Gatting is the chairman of the committee.
“I am thrilled that Sir Alastair and Ricky have both accepted our invitation to join the MCC world cricket committee,” said Mike Gatting in his reaction to the decision of roping in Cook and Skeritt in the committee.
The MCC Committee was formed in 2006, and it consists of 14 members. It sits every two years to discuss the most important issues in the game and acts as an independent voice in world cricket. The next meeting will take place in Sri Lanka in March this year.