MCC news November 10, 2008

Bradshaw set to stand down from ECB committee

Cricinfo staff

MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw is expected to step down from his position on the ECB management board after experiencing too much conflict of interest according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Bradshaw is known to have concerns about the future direction of the world game, especially the development of the English Premier League, the role of Allen Stanford and the dominance of the BCCI. During the recent Stanford Super Series he spoke about the 'integrity of cricket' and admitted to concerns about the planned quadrangular event due to be staged at Lord's.

"I do feel I have a conflict of interests given the MCC's role in the world game and its need to be an independent voice," Bradshaw told the Daily Telegraph.

An MCC spokesman confirmed to Cricinfo that the matter was on the agenda for the next committee meeting, but added that nothing has been confirmed. "MCC's role as the guardian of the Laws is of paramount importance to Keith," the spokesman said.

Bradshaw's resignation would enable him to comment freely on matters involving English and world cricket, creating some potentially interesting situations for the ECB.

He is due to take two months off in the New Year for further treatment for bone cancer, although he insisted that was nothing to do with his decision.