Alastair Cook Appointed To MCC’s World Cricket Committee


Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced last week that Alastair Cook and Ricky Skerritt have been appointed to their World Cricket committee.

The committee, which is made up of current and former international cricketers, meets twice a year to discuss the most important issues in the game and acts as an independent voice in world cricket.

35-year-old Cook retired from international cricket in 2018, having made his Test debut back in 2006 against India. He went on to captain the side and holds a number of English records; he is England’s most-capped player and is the leading run-scorer in Test matches for England, having notched up 12,472 runs in his 161 matches.

Cook recently helped Essex to a second Championship title in three seasons, and was the Club’s leading run-scorer in the 2019 campaign.

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, in which Alastair Cook will be involved in for Essex, which takes place between 24th and 27th March at the Galle International Stadium.