BCB give Nadir Shah permission to officiate match

The BCB did not confirm whether they had reduced or lifted Shah's ban

The BCB did not confirm whether they had reduced or lifted Shah’s ban

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently gave banned umpire Nadir Shah permission to officiate in a domestic Twenty20 match on September 28.

Shah, who umpired in the semi-final of the Dhaka First Division Cricket League T20 competition, was banned for 10 years by the board after he was indicted in a corruption scandal via a TV sting in 2012.

The BCB also announced that they were waiting to see if the International Cricket Council (ICC) would react to their decision to allow Shah to officiate a match just 18 months after he had been banned.

However, the ICC stated that this had nothing to do with them since Shah was banned by the BCB.

“Nadir Shah was banned for 10 years by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and not by the ICC,” an ICC spokesman said. “This is neither an issue of the ICC nor its ACSU.‎ The ban has been imposed by the BCB, so it is an issue for it.”

Speaking about the situation, Sailab Hossain Tutul, who is the member-secretary of the BCB’s umpires committee, said: “There was no ICC restriction on him. It was the BCB’s suspension and the BCB has withdrawn it. The BCB withdrew the ban on him in the board meeting after the World T20 [in May].

“We had informed ACSU in February-March this year that we are allowing him to umpire in domestic [cricket]. But they didn’t reply. The [BCB’s] executive board withdrew it. He wanted mercy. He was considered for his length of service.”

Tutul added that Shah had been given the opportunity to officiate in the match after he recently returned from his three-month trip to the United States.

“There was no cricket in the interim [since May],” he said. “When the domestic season began here, he was abroad. We gave him this opportunity as soon as he arrived back in the country. From now on, he will get more matches to officiate.”

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