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Colin Graves has been confirmed as the next chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Graves, who is currently Yorkshire’s chairman, will succeed Giles Clarke as ECB chairman for a five-year term following the board’s annual general meeting in May.
“It is a great honour and a privilege to be elected as ECB chairman and I would like to thank the membership of the ECB for offering me their full support,” Graves said after his nomination went unopposed. “I would also like to express my gratitude to Giles for his outstanding leadership of ECB over the past eight years; a period which has seen unprecedented levels of investment in all areas of the game.
“My immediate priority will be to work closely with our new chief executive officer Tom Harrison, my fellow board members and the rest of the ECB’s senior leadership team to develop a comprehensive new strategy to grow cricket’s appeal still further across more diverse communities in England and Wales.
“With an Ashes series this summer and ECB hosting ICC global events in 2017 and 2019, we have a fantastic opportunity to inspire more people to play, attend and follow cricket and build on our position as the country’s number one summer sport.”