Geoff Miller Gets OBE, John Pickup An MBE

Geoff Miller
Geoff Miller will become an Officer of the British Empire
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England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) National Selector Geoff Miller (OBE) and Chairman of the Recreational Assembly John Pickup (MBE) have been rewarded in the New Year's honours list.

Miller, who will shortly stand down as National Selector, has been made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to cricket - as a player with Derbyshire, Essex and England, and then as a selector during a golden period for English cricket.

Meanwhile, Pickup, an ECB Board Director since 1997, will become a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his work with the recreational game.

He is also a member of the ECB's Major Match Group and Chairman of the Minor Counties Cricket Association.

"John has given a lifetime’s service to cricket and this award is fitting recognition for the hugely important role he has played in the wider development of the sport both with ECB and its predecessor, the Test and County Cricket Board," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said.

"He has been a great champion, in particular, of our recreational  game and his knowledge and expertise in this area remain invaluable.

"We pass on sincere congratulations to John and to our friend and colleague Keith Oliver, the Chairman of Cricket Scotland, whose equally important contribution to the development of the Scottish game has been recognised with a very well deserved OBE."

Paying tribute to Miller, Collier added:

"It’s marvellous to see Geoff recognised in this way for the outstanding service he has given to cricket over the past five decades – firstly as a player for Derbyshire, Essex and England, and more recently as our National Selector.

"Geoff can reflect with enormous pride on the magnificent contribution he has made to our game – in particular his role in helping deliver three successive Ashes wins and our first ever victory in an ICC global event - the World T20 tournament in the Caribbean in 2010.

"We congratulate Geoff on his achievement and I am sure that today’s announcement will be welcomed by his many friends and colleagues within our First Class game as well as by current and former members of the England team."

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