The MCC World Cricket Committee (WCC) has expanded its ranks by welcoming three new members: English players Heather Knight and Eoin Morgan, as well as legendary Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami. At the same time, former England captain Alastair Cook has stepped down from the Committee to focus on his playing career. With these new additions, the WCC now consists of 14 members, comprising current and former international cricket players, umpires, and officials from around the world. The WCC operates autonomously and serves as an influential organization within the cricketing community.
About the Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami, renowned for her skills as a fast bowler in women’s cricket, retired from international professional cricket last year. Her final match was an ODI against England at Lord’s, where she received a guard of honor. Throughout her impressive two-decade-long career, Goswami took over 300 wickets in white-ball cricket across 272 appearances and secured 44 wickets in 12 Test matches.
About the Heather Knight
Heather Knight has been leading the England cricket team since 2016. Under her captaincy, England won the ICC Women’s World Cup at Lord’s in 2017, just a year after she took over. Knight has been a trailblazer for the women’s game in England, accumulating nearly 5,000 international runs in white-ball cricket and scoring 705 runs in her ten Test matches.
About the Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan, one of England’s greatest run-scorers in ODI cricket, has amassed just under 7,000 runs in his career. He captained the English team to their historic victory in the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2019, which culminated in an unforgettable final against New Zealand. Morgan recently captained the London Spirit in The Hundred and was also appointed an Honorary Life Member of the MCC. The WCC, which receives funding from the MCC, focuses on research, particularly in the areas of technological advancements and the biomechanics of the game.
The addition of Knight, Morgan, and Goswami follows the inclusion of three new members, Clare Connor, Justin Langer, and Graeme Smith, earlier this year. The WCC continues to grow in influence and expertise, contributing to the development and progress of cricket worldwide.
MCC World Cricket committee
i. It is an independent body of current and former international cricketers, umpires, and officials from across the world.
ii. The committee, funded entirely by the MCC, conducts research, particularly into technological advances and the biomechanical elements of the game.
iii. The committee signifies the growth of the female representation on the committee with the growth that women’s cricket has enjoyed in recent years.
iv. JhulanGoswami and Heather Knight join Clare Connor (Former English Cricketer) and Suzie Bates (New Zealand Cricketer), who can all offer direct insight into women’s Cricket.
v. WCC will meet on Monday and Tuesday at Lord’s ahead of the second Men’s Ashes
Test between England and Australia
Note: 3 new members were added to the WCC in February 2023, when Clare Connor, Justin Langer and Graeme Smith joined ahead of the meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The 14 member committee, chaired by Mike Gatting, Former English Cricketer, includes, Mike Gatting (Former English Cricketer) (Chair), Jamie Cox (Australian Cricketer), Suzie Bates, Clare Connor, Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lankan Cricket Umpire), Sourav Ganguly (Former Indian Cricketer), Justin Langer (Australian Cricket Coach), Ramiz Raja (Former Pakistani Cricketer), Kumar Sangakkara (Former Sri Lankan Cricketer), Graeme Smith (Former South African Cricketer), Ricky Skerritt (West Indian Cricket Board President).