Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Ricky Skerritt has been appointed to the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) World Cricket Committee, which meets twice a year to discuss the most important issues in the game and acts as an independent voice in world cricket.
CWI said Skerritt joins England’s All-time leading run scorer Alastair Cook as new members after former West Indies fast bowler and current commentator Ian Bishop and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan stood down from the committee.
“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,” said Mike Gatting, current MCC president and former England captain.
“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,” he added.
Skerritt said that “serving world cricket on such an important MCC committee, among such legendary former cricketers, is both a privilege and an honor.
“I will do all I can to ensure that my West Indies-based perspective will always add value to the work of the MCC,” he added.
CWI said Skerritt also serves world cricket as a member of the Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC), where he was recently appointed to the special Working Group on Governance, set out to consider the future governance structure of the ICC.
The MCC noted that Skerritt became president of Cricket West Indies in March 2019, succeeding Dave Cameron. who had held the post for six years.
Skerritt is a former Minister of Tourism, International Transport, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Sport for his native St. Kitts and Nevis, having held several portfolios in the country’s ministry between 2004 and 2014.
His previous involvement with Cricket West Indies was as their first Senior Team Manager, prior to his political career.
The MCC said its next 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, which will take place between March 24 and 27 at the Galle International Stadium.
Having met in Bengaluru in March and at Lord’s in August of 2019, the MCC said its World Cricket committee has unanimously backed the inclusion of women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022, supported a positive future for Test cricket after reviewing the results of the MCC survey on the subject, and “closely monitored the balance between bat and ball in recent months.”