Four new members are to join MCC’s World Cricket committee, under the chairmanship of Mike Brearley.
Former West Indies Test captain, Jimmy Adams, past Australian wicket-keeper, Rod Marsh, and ex-England captain, Michael Vaughan, will offer the MCC World Cricket committee a wealth of cricket knowledge.
Between them, they have scored 17,775 runs, taken 92 wickets, held on to 648 catches, and executed 16 stumpings, in 537 international appearances.
This on-field experience, in addition to all three continuing to contribute to the game through coaching and broadcasting roles, makes the trio well placed to help the committee debate cricket’s key issues, and provide an insight into the professional game.
England Women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, meanwhile will become the first woman to sit on the MCC World Cricket committee, offering a viewpoint on the rapidly-developing international women’s game.
The new quartet – who join the committee as part of MCC’s rotation policy – replace outgoing members Tony Lewis (the former Chairman), Tony Dodemaide, Andy Flower, Mike Gatting, Alec Stewart, Michael Tissera and Courtney Walsh, who had served on the committee since its inception in 2006. Sri Lankan batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, is another recent recruit, having attended his first meeting in Cape Town in January 2012.
MCC World Cricket committee chairman, Mike Brearley, believes the addition of Adams, Edwards, Marsh and Vaughan, will be of great benefit to the committee:
“MCC is privileged and very grateful to have these four eminent cricketers, each with such deep knowledge of the game, agree to join the MCC World Cricket committee. I am sure that all four will have much to contribute, and I look forward to welcoming them in person at the next meeting at Lord’s in August.”
Speaking about becoming a member of the MCC World Cricket committee, Jimmy Adams said:
“I’m looking forward to sitting down with such an eminent group of peers and tackling the topics up for discussion. The World Cricket committee plays an important role and I’m excited about having my chance to take part.”
Charlotte Edwards added:
“It's incredibly exciting thinking about sitting around a table with some of my heroes, guys like Steve Waugh, who I grew up watching and learning from as a kid. I'm passionate about the game of cricket, and feel I've got plenty to add to the discussion. It'll be an amazing experience just to pick these guys' brains and talk cricket with them. On a broader level, it's great for the women's game that I've been given this opportunity.”
Rod Marsh said:
“I'm both delighted and excited to have the opportunity to work with Mike Brearley and his team on the MCC World Cricket committee.
“The game itself is in a pretty healthy state at the moment and this to me is the ideal time to ensure there is no complacency and that we continue to look to the future and plan for the continued well being of global cricket."
Michael Vaughan commented:
“I am delighted to join so many legendary ex-players – many of whom I looked up to as heroes – on a committee whose sole focus is the good of the game. I’m looking forward to discussing issues affecting cricket and generating positive and constructive ideas to ensure it keeps improving.”
MCC’s relationship with the ICC was further enhanced at the end of last week, after it was announced that MCC World Cricket committee member, David Richardson, has been nominated to succeed Haroon Lorgat as ICC Chief Executive Officer. Richardson, the former South African Test wicket-keeper, has served on the MCC World Cricket committee since 2009.
The MCC World Cricket committee will next meet at Lord’s on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August.