Shakib Al Hasan becomes first Bangladeshi member of MCC's World Cricket Committee

Shakib Al Hasan becomes first Bangladeshi member of MCC’s World Cricket Committee

Jimmy Adams, along with Charlotte Edwards, have both now relinquished their roles on the committee.

Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has become the first cricketer from Bangladesh to be inducted in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) World Cricket Committee under the chairmanship of Mike Gatting. In addition to the committee are Suzie Bates, Ian Bishop and Kumar Dharmasena.

Gatting ended his professional career in 1998 and spent much of the last decade in cricket administration with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), also serving as MCC President during the 2014 Lord’s Bicentenary year. He had also been a member of the World Cricket committee from its inception in 2006 until 2012.

New Chairman

A media release on the MCC website, states: “As approved at MCC’s Annual General Meeting in May, former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting is the new chairman of the committee, taking over from another former England captain, Mike Brearley.”

Shakib with his vast global experience of 51 Test matches and 177 One-day Internationals is one of Bangladesh’s finest players since the country’s inception as a Test playing nation in 2000. The 30-year-old is also one of the most sought after names in the T20 format.

Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, along with England women team’s captain Charlotte Edwards, who led them to back-to-back Ashes triumphs, have both now relinquished their roles on the committee, having first been appointed in 2012.

Shakib is humbled

“I feel truly humbled that MCC have chosen me to be a member of the prestigious World Cricket committee, and I thank the club for bestowing me with such an honour,” the Bangladeshi legend said.

Gatting, who will chair a WCC meeting for the first time in Sydney, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the four new members who will all have a great deal to offer the 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.”