ICC reacts to BCB's decision on umpires
Dubai, Mar 18 : The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday said the decision taken by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in connection with the umpires Nadir Shah and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat reflected the commitment of the international cricket body and its members to root out corruption.
In a statement, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "Although the ICC was not directly involved in these cases, it notes the findings by the BCB in relation to Mr Shah and Mr Saikat, and notes the sanction imposed upon Mr Shah."
"The ICC takes no pleasure from the fact that an umpire has been found to have acted inappropriately and sanctioned accordingly, however, the decision reflects the commitment of the ICC and its Members to root out corruption from our Great Sport," he said.
"This decision also reiterates cricket's zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and should serve as a reminder to all stakeholders, be they umpires, players, curators or administrators of the risks and challenges the sport faces. We can only beat the corruptors by remaining vigilant and by following the procedures and protocols which are in place," Richardson said.
In the case of Nadir Shah, the BCB declared that Shah would not be considered by the BCB for retainership and he would not be eligible for any assignment under the jurisdiction of the BCB for a 10 year period, in both cases effective immediately.
The BCB declared that Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat was cleared of any misconduct and was therefore eligible to undertake match officiating assignments/duties under the BCB's jurisdiction immediately.