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Friday, 4 October, 2002, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Morgan the moderate
David Morgan
Morgan must step out from Lord MacLaurin's shadow

David Morgan became the most powerful man in British cricket on Friday when he was confirmed as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The counties have signalled that they are happy with the direction taken under Lord MacLaurin, whom Morgan succeeds having been his deputy.

MacLaurin's achievements include central contracts for England players, the establishment of a National Academy and two divisions in the County Championship and One Day League.

But Morgan, as chairman of the First Class Forum and Deputy Chairman of the ECB, is credited with being a restraining influence on some of MacLaurin's more revolutionary plans.

The 39 members of the Board - the 18 first-class counties, the 20 non first-class counties and Marylebone Cricket Club - endorsed Morgan's nomination confident in his abilities.

Critics have accused Morgan of being too "boring", too "dour" for such a high profile position, but there is every evidence that the counties like things stable and predictable.

The 64-year-old is not to be underestimated, however, for he has had considerable influence at county and international level.

Tony Lewis
Morgan followed Tony Lewis as Glamorgan chairman

He will provide continuity from the MacLaurin era - for instance he has said he is in favour of increasing the number of central contracts to the 20 that coach Duncan Fletcher wants.

Although not having played cricket to any great standard himself, Morgan joined Glamorgan's committee in 1980, becoming chairman of marketing before appointment as deputy chairman to Tony Lewis.

Morgan then succeeded Lewis, holding the position for five years during which time he helped draw up the constitution of the new ECB.

Eventually he resigned his Glamorgan post to become MacLaurin's deputy and chairman of the FCF.

But the Welshman is not a familiar figure to many outside cricket's circle of administrators, and certainly less recognisable than MacLaurin.

MacLaurin was already well known when he came to the post because of his major role in revitalising the fortunes of supermarket chain Tesco.

Morgan's business past is, like the man himself, less spectacular by comparison but no less solid.

His career was in the steel industry, the last 20 years of which was with Electrical Steel from whom he retired from his post of commercial director last year.

Morgan will take up his post on 1 January 2003 and will hold his office for two years before having to seek re-election.

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