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May 17, 2012
Charlotte Edwards, captain of England Women, is to become the first woman to sit on the MCC World Cricket committee. Edwards, 31, is one of four additions to the committee, with former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh and former England captain Michael Vaughan also joining.
The new quartet - who join the committee as part of MCC's rotation policy - replace outgoing members Tony Lewis (the former chairman), Tony Dodemaide, Andy Flower, Mike Gatting, Alec Stewart, Michael Tissera and Courtney Walsh, who had served on the committee since its inception in 2006.
Edwards said: "I'm passionate about the game of cricket, and feel I've got plenty to add to the discussion. It'll be an amazing experience just to pick these guys' brains and talk cricket with them. On a broader level, it's great for the women's game that I've been given this opportunity."
Sri Lankan batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, is another recent recruit, having attended his first meeting in Cape Town in January 2012, while Dave Richardson, who has just been nominated to succeed Haroon Lorgat as chief executive of the ICC, has also been on the committee since 2009. The committee is currently chaired by former England captain Mike Brearley and next meets at Lord's on August 13 and 14.
"MCC is privileged and very grateful to have these four eminent cricketers, each with such deep knowledge of the game, agree to join the MCC World Cricket committee," Brearley said. "I am sure that all four will have much to contribute."
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