Former England captain Sir Alastair Cook has joined the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) world cricket committee.
The committee, made up of current and former international cricketers and umpires, is a complementary body to the International Cricket Council that meets twice a year to discuss important issues in the game.
Cook, England leading run-scorer in Test cricket, retired from the format in 2018 but continues to ply his trade in county cricket with Essex. He will be joined as a new member of the committee alongside current Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt.
The pair will replace former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who have both stood down from the committee.
Shakib was handed a two-year ban from cricket last October after breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code.
The next MCC world cricket committee meeting is set to take place in Sri Lanka in March, coinciding with England’s two-Test tour of the country.
“I am thrilled that Sir Alastair and Ricky have both accepted our invitation to join the MCC world cricket committee,” said Mike Gatting, the committee chairman.
“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.”