Worcs chairman Price deflects blame for ‘Shankargate’

Worcestershire’s chairman Martyn Price has exonerated chief executive David Leatherdale and director of cricket Steve Rhodes of any blame in the ‘Shankargate’ affair.

West Mercia Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Worcestershire’s decision to award batsman Adrian Shankar a two-year contract earlier this month. Worcestershire ditched Shankar following concerns that some of his personal details may have been false.

Worcestershire were under the impression that Shankar is 26 when he is actually 29. Shankar actually played three matches for Worcestershire’s second team in 2003 when his birth date was given as May 7, 1982.

The episode is an embarrassment to Worcestershire but Price has given his backing to his senior management team.

“David and Steve have my full support,” Price said. “They have done nothing wrong and have worked very hard to sort this mess out.

“Steve, understandably, is as upset as anyone about this affair. If he feels that he has been made to look foolish but he has got my full backing.

“If any blame is to be attached the ECB should take a bit of it. They have enough people down there to deal with registration matters and so we have asked them to look into this matter.”

Worcestershire will not pay Shankar, who was released by Lancashire last year, for the time he spent with them.

They are also considering whether to strip him of his club colours, which are awarded to each player who makes a County Championship appearance for the county.

Shankar became the 467th player to represent Worcestershire in the Championship when he made his debut against Durham two weeks ago.

As colours are awarded on sequence rather than on merit as in the traditional county cap system, it may prove difficult to take retrospective action against Shankar.

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One Response to Worcs chairman Price deflects blame for ‘Shankargate’

  1. David says:

    Having been at New Road yesterday to watch the first day of a county match, my long standing Worcestershire member friend didn’t dwell too much on the shenanigans of this matter at all.
    The most urgently discussed item was just when would be the best time to take Tea in the Ladies’ Pavilion.
    The consensus was at 3:15, when we duly joined the queue ascending, as it were, to the heaven of a Worcestershire Tea.
    No praise is too high for the range and quality of the cakes proffered for our repast. Sadly, my wife accused me of Gross Piggery when I added a lemon slice to a generously sized sponge cake and a date and nut slice.
    Her view may well have been correct but i didn’t care a jot! i was in Cricket Tea bliss.The view from the Ladies’ Pavilion is the classic Worcester view over the river with the Cathedral behind the trees. It was one of those perfect cricket moments, when the occasion and the moment transcends the match being played.
    The poularity of these excellent Teas meant that good manners dictated that we vacated our table by the window all too quickly to enable others to enjoy their moment in Paradise.
    Some things are more important than a player’s date of birth.