Shaun Pollock, the former South Africa captain, has joined the MCC's World Cricket Committee. He is currently playing in the Indian Premier League and accepted the invitation from Tony Lewis, the cricket committee chairman.
Lewis, together with the MCC secretary and chief executive, Keith Bradshaw, and head of cricket, John Stephenson, has been in India to conduct talks with three World Cricket Committee members actively involved in the IPL. Pollock and Rahul Dravid on the playing side and Martin Crowe, who is chief cricket officer of the Bangalore Royal Challengers.
"I am honoured and delighted to be joining the MCC's World Cricket Committee at such an interesting time for the sport," said Pollock. "The challenge for cricket is to embrace change for the good of the game whilst celebrating its rich heritage and the MCC's World Cricket Committee has a huge role to play in this respect.
"A lifetime's involvement in cricket has given me so many great experiences and I hope my knowledge of the game can be beneficial. It's a huge honour to be asked to contribute and I'm greatly looking forward to my next challenge in the game."
The next World Cricket Committee meeting will take place at Lord's on May 12 and 13. The discussions will cover a range of issues including technology, the worldwide Twenty20 leagues and the conduct of players.
"The strength of the MCC's World Cricket Committee is in its independence, its ability to freely think and recommend change for the benefit of the sport," said Lewis. "It is also a body that combines a huge array of talent from all over the world. Importantly, the MCC has the resource to support the work of the committee, with its increasing investment into research and development of the game. We look forward to discussions next week and anticipate a healthy debate and some forthright opinion."