Phenomenal England batsman, Alastair Cook, is set to join the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as a committee member. The autonomous panel comprises retired and current players who discuss laws of cricket and share their recommendations.
Cook had an illustrious Test career; the doughty opening batsman has scored a colossal 12,472 runs in 161 matches in the Test format and also had the honour of leading England on 59 occasions. He is also one of the few distinguished England cricketers who are knighted for their services to the game.
The southpaw hung his boots from international cricket in 2018 but still takes the field for Essex in county cricket. The 35-year-old will be joining an elite list of cricketers including the likes of Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara in 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."
Another new entry in the select group is Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt who had formerly served as the first West Indies team manager before embarking on a political career in Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The latest additions were made after former West Indies bowler and renowned cricket commentator Ian Bishop and Bangladesh's finest all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan stepped down from their membership position.
Shakib is facing a two-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the account of failing to report corrupt approaches.
“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," Gatting added.
MCC is the guardian of the laws of the game and its cricket committee was formed in 2006.
The club holds meetings biannually where all participants deliberate over the existing laws, suggest new ones and discuss contemporary issues surrounding the game.
The next MCC cricket committee meeting will be held in Sri Lanka in March this year.