ICC Supports BCB After Umpire Nadir Shah Banned
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has lauded the action taken by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to suspend umpire Nadir Shah after he was found guilty of corruption.
He has effectively been suspended for 10 years and will not be eligible for any umpiring assignment during this time while a second umpire, Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat was cleared of any wrongdoing.
"The BCB takes this opportunity to thank the Special Committee for its thorough and precise handling of the matter," a statement from the board read.
"The BCB also appreciates the support and cooperation received from the International Cricket Council (ICC) throughout the investigation process.
"The inquiry underlines the BCB’s zero tolerance policy on corruption in the game and signifies the Board’s commitment towards upholding the spirit of cricket."
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson added: "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.
"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."
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