Mike Gatting, the former England skipper, has replaced his compatriot and another former captain Mike Brearley as the new chairman of MCC’s World Cricket Committee while four new members have also included in the committee including Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan, who became the first from his country to be added to the prestigious panel.
The other three members are New Zealand Women’s captain Suzie Bates, former West Indies bowler Ian Bishop and former Sri Lanka bowler and ICC umpire Kumar Dharmasena.
Expressing his delight over having some of the most prominent cricketers on the board, Gatting explained the contributions they can make.
“We’re delighted to welcome the four new members who will all have a great deal to offer the committee,” Gatting said on Thursday (October 12). “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.
“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 the 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,” added Gatting,
Also, he was a member of the committee from 2006-2012 and will chair his first meeting in Sydney in January 2018.
Meanwhile, Brearley along with former West Indies skipper Jimmy Adams and ex-England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards resigned from the committee after five years.
MCC World Cricket Committee:
Mike Gatting (chairman), Vince van der Bijl, Brendon McCullum, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, John Stephenson, Kumar Sangakkara, Kumar Dharmasena, Sourav Ganguly, Rod Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Suzie Bates, Tim May, Shakib Al Hasan.