Mehmooda Duke resigns as Leicestershire chair with immediate effect | Cricket News


“Cricket has been disrupted by recent incidents and I am deeply saddened by the pain people have felt in our game,” Mehmooda Duke said in a statement.

Last Updated: 26/11/21 8:43 am

Mehmooda Duke has resigned as Leicestershire chairman immediately, saying cricket has been “torn apart” in the ongoing crackdown on racism.

He was one of only two people from the minorities to take part in the first cricket and had to resign in March.

Duke, a lawyer based in Leicester, was also the only female chair of the 18 largest clubs in the country.

“Cricket has been disrupted by recent incidents and I am deeply saddened by the pain people are playing in our game,” Duke said. club statement.

Vice-chairman Jonathan Duckworth will take over the presidency temporarily until the 2022 AGM.

Duke’s resignation comes as the Cricket Council of England and Wales plans to release 12 anti-apartheid plans.

An emergency meeting of the game’s election administrators took place last week, just days later Azeem Rafiq appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee where he described in detail his experiences in racism in cricket.

Duke, who was elected chairman of Leicestershire in 2019, added: “With a new global leadership and eagerness to learn the latest developments, I believe that racism and discrimination will be eradicated from the dressing rooms, gardens, and sports, allowing us to celebrate diversity. which makes cricket and sport in this country very good. “

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