Full name William Richard Frank Chamberlain
Born April 13, 1925, Elton, Huntingdonshire
Died April 8, 2004, Cambridge (aged 78 years 361 days)
Major teams Northamptonshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|First-class span||1946 - 1946|
Frank Chamberlain, who died on April 7, aged 78, served as Chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board between 1990 and 1994. He guided the governing body through a hectic period with integrity, quiet competence and - when required -
a touch of steel. Born at Elton in Huntingdonshire and educated at Uppingham School, he saw active service in World War II, flying Swordfish aircraft in the protection of Arctic convoys. Chamberlain's own first-class cricket career was brief. Northamptonshire drafted him in to make a Championship debut against Essex at Brentwood in June 1946, and he was one of four players dismissed for a duck in a spectacular collapse from 96 without loss to 106 all out. The demands of business ensured that his future involvement in the game would be off the field, and he retired at the end of that season. He joined Northamptonshire's general committee in 1977 and became the club's chairman eight years later. Exchanging that role for the TCCB chairmanship (and the presidency of his county) in 1990, he presided over several contentious episodes. These included the demise of three-day Championship matches, the ball-tampering allegations of 1992 and the resignation of Ted Dexter as England's chairman of selectors.
Handing over to Dennis Silk at the end of the 1994 season, Chamberlain continued as president at Wantage Road until 1996, and was then elected an Officer Emeritus of the club. Northamptonshire's current chairman, Simon Schanschieff, said: "In many ways Frank was a new type of chairman, who brought plenty of business experience to the job. He was also a gentleman, who made a point of acknowledging you personally as you came into a meeting." Away from cricket, Chamberlain served a term as Northamptonshire's High Sheriff, and was also one of the county's deputy lieutenants.
Andrew Radd, The Wisden Cricketer