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

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“Cricket has been torn apart by recent events and I am deeply saddened by the damage that individuals are feeling in our game,” Mehmooda Duke said in a club statement.

Last updated: 26/11/21 8:43


Mehmooda Duke has resigned as president of Leicestershire with immediate effect, saying cricket has been “torn apart” by continuing accusations of racism.

She was one of only two people from ethnic minority groups to have such a role across first-class cricket, and she was due to step down from her role in March.

Duke, a lawyer who runs his own practice in Leicester, was also the sole female president of the country’s 18 largest clubs.

“Cricket has been torn apart by recent events and I am deeply saddened by the damage that individuals are feeling in our game,” Duke said in a club statement.

Vice President Jonathan Duckworth will take on the role of interim chairman until the club’s general meeting in 2022.

Duke’s early resignation comes as England and the Wales Cricket Board prepare to release a 12-point action plan to combat racism.

An emergency meeting for the sport’s leading decision-makers took place last week, a few days after Azeem Rafiq appeared before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, where he described in depth his own experiences of racism in cricket.

Duke, who was appointed Leicestershire chairman in 2019, added: “With new leadership at the national level and with a willingness to learn from recent times and move forward, I hope racism and discrimination will be removed from the changing rooms, the fields , and the game as a whole, allowing us to celebrate the diversity that makes cricket and sports in this country so amazing. “

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