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Cricket club chair quits as game ‘torn apart’ by racism crisis


A well known lawyer has stepped down as chair of Leicestershire County Cricket Club with immediate effect, saying cricket has been “torn apart” by continuing allegations of racism.

Mehmooda Duke MBE DL had been due to stand down next March, to take up her new role as High Sheriff for the county.

Ms Duke, who runs Moosa-Duke Solicitors in Leicester, said she wished the club the very best but said the game had been damaged by recent high profile allegations of racist behaviour.

In a statement put out by the club she said: “Cricket has been torn apart by recent events and I am deeply saddened by the hurt felt by individuals within our game.

“With fresh leadership at national level and with a determination to learn from the recent past and move forward, I hope that racism and discrimination will be expunged from the dressing rooms, the fields, and the game as a whole, allowing us to celebrate the diversity which makes cricket and sport in this country so great.

“It has been a tremendous honour to be part of the impressive family which makes up Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

“I wish all of my colleagues on the board and across the network, the players, staff and the community teams, all the very best for the future.

“I thank the members, supporters, and sponsors for their unwavering loyalty to the club and especially during some difficult times.”

Current vice-chairman Jonathan Duckworth will take on the role as interim chairman up until the 2022 AGM.

Ms Duke is a past president of Leicestershire Law Society and established her solicitors practice in 2003, specialising in medical negligence.

After graduating from Cambridge, she became a school teacher then retrained as a lawyer, working for a number of firms which offered defence services to the NHS.

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