MCC has today announced several changes in personnel to its World Cricket committee, effective immediately.
As approved at MCC’s Annual General Meeting in May, former England and Middlesex captain Mike Gatting is the new Chairman of the committee, taking over from another former England captain, Mike Brearley.
Gatting, who ended an illustrious playing career in 1998, has spent much of the last decade in cricket administration with the England & Wales Cricket Board, and also served as MCC President during the 2014 Lord’s Bicentenary year.
He was previously a member of the World Cricket committee from its inception in 2006 until 2012.
Also added to the committee are Suzie Bates, Ian Bishop, Kumar Dharmasena and Shakib Al Hasan, who becomes the first member of the committee from Bangladesh.
New Zealand women’s international captain Bates, 30, has played over 100 times in One-Day Internationals for the White Ferns and was the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2013, having become the first professional female player from New Zealand in the same year.
Bishop, the former West Indies fast bowler, was one of their leading pacemen in the early 1990’s and the 49 year-old has gone on to forge a successful career as a television commentator since retirement.
Dharmasena, 46, played 31 Test Matches and 141 One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka in an 11-year international career, before making his umpiring debut on the international stage in 2009 and was promoted to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires two years later. He has now stood in 151 international matches across all three formats.
Shakib Al Hasan is regarded as one of Bangladesh’s finest players since they were awarded Test status in 2000, with the all-rounder having played 51 Test Matches and 177 One-Day Internationals. The 30 year-old also has vast global experience of domestic cricket, particularly in the T20 format.
Former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, and Charlotte Edwards, who led England women to back-to-back Ashes triumphs, have both now relinquished their roles on the committee, having first been appointed in 2012.
Shakib Al Hasan said of his appointment to the committee: “I feel truly humbled that MCC have chosen me to be a member of the prestigious World Cricket committee, and I thank the club for bestowing me with such an honour.”
Bates also spoke on her appointment, saying: “It is an honour and a privilege to have been asked to be a member of the MCC World Cricket committee.
“It is a very exciting time for women's cricket and cricket in general, so I look forward to contributing, along with MCC, to continuing to grow the game for men and women, boys and girls around the world.”
Mike Gatting, who will chair a World Cricket committee meeting for the first time in Sydney, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome the four new members who will all have a great deal to offer the committee.
“Suzie is well respected around the world as one of the leading women’s players and will be able to give an insight into how to grow the game, particularly as a current player.
We’re delighted to welcome the four new members who will all have a great deal to offer the committee
“Ian played with some of the biggest names that the West Indies have ever had in the game and having toured the globe as a commentator since retirement, he will be able to offer a view of the game as both a player and through the eyes of the media.
“Kumar’s experience as both an umpire and a player will be invaluable and as a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, will have first-hand experience of some of the global issues that are discussed in a committee.
“Shakib is the first Bangladeshi player to have joined the committee and has great experience of the world game across all formats, both domestically and internationally, and we look forward to his contributions along with the rest of the new additions.”
The key outcomes of the MCC World Cricket committee’s last meeting, which was held at Lord’s in July, included the suggestion of a rethink of the distribution model in international cricket, the recommendation that Test matches should remain five days, and strong support for the inclusion of cricket in the Olympic Games.
Amongst other innovations, the MCC World Cricket committee has worked to see the introduction of pink ball day/night cricket in the Test match arena, and has since seen these type of matches held in Australia, England and the UAE, with New Zealand and South Africa also set to host floodlit Tests within the next 12 months.
The full list of committee members as of October 1, can be found below.
The next meeting of the MCC World Cricket committee will take place in Sydney on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 January 2018.