England & Wales Cricket Board May 12, 2009

Bradshaw steps down from ECB Board

Cricinfo staff

Keith Bradshaw: a conflict of interests © MCC
Keith Bradshaw, the secretary and chief executive of MCC, has announced he is stepping down from the ECB Board of Directors because of a conflict of interests.

"I feel that my position at MCC and my role as a spokesperson for the club means that there can be situations in which my loyalty as a director of the ECB is in conflict with my executive duties with the MCC," said Bradshaw. "I have therefore stood down from the ECB Board with immediate effect.

Bradshaw's dual role came under scrutiny last summer when a discussion document on a proposed nine-team English Premier League, prepared in his capacity as an ECB board member, was leaked to the media. The situation earned him a mild rebuke from the then-President of MCC, Mike Brearley, who used his Observer column to distance his club from such a plan.

"With our role as Guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, and owners of Lord's, MCC is at the heart of the English and international game," said Bradshaw. "I have been pleased to play a full part in the ECB Board strategy and policy decisions since becoming an ECB director. MCC has an open and co-operative dialogue with ECB and we will continue to work closely with Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, and David Collier, the chief executive, on all matters".

Clarke said: "Keith has played a prominent role on our Board and has always been a valued director by the ECB. We have been discussing for some time the most appropriate representative of the MCC that avoids a conflict of interests. We thank Keith for his contribution and look forward to MCC continuing to play a substantial role on the ECB Board."

MCC will appoint its representative to the ECB Board in due course.