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by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Tuesday 28 January 2020
Cook and Skerritt have accepted the Club’s invitation to join the committee, which meets twice a year to discuss the most important issues in the game and acts as an independent voice in world cricket.
Cook, England’s leading Test Match run-scorer with 12,472 runs in his 161 matches, retired from the international game in 2018, scoring a century in his final Test against India at the Oval.
He has since continued his domestic career, helping his county side Essex to a second County Championship title in three years.
Cook has also combined his county duties with a burgeoning media career which has seen him commentate on BBC’s Test Match Special.
Skerritt became President of Cricket West Indies in March 2019, succeeding Dave Cameron who had held the post for six years.
His previous involvement with Cricket West Indies was as their first Senior Team Manager, prior to his political career.
Former West Indies bowler and current broadcaster Ian Bishop, and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan have stood down from the committee.
Mike Gatting, Chairman of the MCC World Cricket committee, said: “I am thrilled that Sir Alastair and Ricky have both accepted our invitation to join the MCC World Cricket committee.
“Alastair has enjoyed a wonderful career with England over a number of years and with him still playing domestically, he can give insight from a current players’ perspective, as well using his undisputable international experience.
“We have been keen for some time to appoint a new representative from the West Indies and I am delighted that Ricky will be joining us. His knowledge of the game from a West Indian perspective will be invaluable, and his work outside of the sport will also be advantageous to the committee.”
The next MCC World Cricket committee meeting is due to take place in Sri Lanka in March, timed to coincide with England’s two ICC World Test Championship matches, as well as the MCC County Champion Match, which will take place between 24th and 27th March at the Galle International Stadium.
Having met in Bengaluru in March and at Lord’s in August of 2019, the MCC World Cricket committee has unanimously backed the inclusion of women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, supported a positive future for Test cricket after reviewing the results of the MCC survey on the subject, and closely monitored the balance between bat and ball in recent months.
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