Ahead of today’s MCC World Cricket committee (WCC) meeting at Lord’s, the Club has announced the addition of three new members as the committee prepares to meet at the Home of Cricket.
Jhulan Goswami, Heather Knight and Eoin Morgan have all joined the WCC, which is an independent body comprised of current and former international cricketers, umpires, and officials from across the world.
Goswami is a former Indian cricketer who retired from the international game last year, and fittingly her final game came at Lord’s in the One-Day International against England, where she was given a guard of honour when walking out to bat.
The seamer enjoyed a career which spanned two decades for India, taking over 300 wickets in white-ball cricket across 272 appearances, as well 44 wickets in 12 Test matches, and was often regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in the women’s game. She was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in April of this year.
Knight has captained England since 2016 and lifted the ICC Women’s World Cup at Lord’s only a year after taking on the role. The all-rounder has been one of the trailblazers for the women’s game in England, scoring over 5,000 international runs in white-ball cricket, and 705 runs in her 10 Test matches.
She has also captained Lord’s-based Hundred team London Spirit since the beginning of the competition and is set to do so this year for the third season running.
Morgan is England’s all-time leading run scorer in ODI cricket with just shy of 7,000 runs. He captained England in both ODI and T20 cricket with distinction and became one of the most respected and successful international skippers in the modern era.
He possesses a special link with Lord’s, having not only represented Middlesex for 17 years, but he also lifted the ICC Men’s World Cup trophy at the end of an unforgettable final against New Zealand in 2019. He was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC earlier this year and has also captained London Spirit in The Hundred.
Three further new members were added to the WCC in February of this year, when Clare Connor, Justin Langer and Graeme Smith joined ahead of the meeting in Dubai. Sir Alastair Cook has now stood down from the committee to concentrate on the final years of his glittering playing career, and the Club thanks him for his contribution to the WCC.
"It is also important that we are growing the female representation on the committee with the growth that women’s cricket has enjoyed in recent years"
Chair of the MCC World Cricket committee Mike Gatting, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jhulan, Heather and Eoin to the World Cricket committee.
“These are three players who have excelled at the very top of the international game and their knowledge of how the elite level of cricket works will be an advantage to the committee.
“It is also important that we are growing the female representation on the committee with the growth that women’s cricket has enjoyed in recent years. Jhulan and Heather join Clare Connor and Suzie Bates who can all offer first-hand insight into the women’s game.”
The WCC will meet today and tomorrow at Lord’s ahead of the second Men’s Test between England and Australia, with various outputs from the meeting to be communicated after the conclusion of the match.