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Clarke re-elected as ECB chairman

ECB chairman Giles Clarke
Clarke's position with the ECB still remains uncertain

Giles Clarke has been re-elected as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Clarke was appointed for a second term by the ECB's full membership, which comprises of 41 first-class counties and county boards and the MCC.

The beleaguered Clarke was nominated earlier this month by the 18 first-class counties, having run unopposed after Lord Marland withdrew.

The term of office for the ECB chairman runs until 31 March 2011.

Clarke and ECB chief executive David Collier have found themselves under pressure since Sir Allen Stanford was charged with a $8bn (5.6bn) investment fraud in the US.

His stewardship may face further examination

BBC sports editor Mihir Bose

As ECB chairman, Clarke struck a deal with Stanford to play five $20m matches, with plans in place for new Twenty20 tournaments in England.

Last week, both the Leicestershire chairman Neil Davidson and Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove called for the 55-year-old Clarke to resign.

BBC sports editor Mihir Bose believes that, although the majority of counties still support Clarke, the Stanford episode has created a divide.


"There is a distinct split in the game with his most vociferous supporters coming from the smaller counties who value what they see as his entrepreneurial skills," he said.

"This enthusiasm is not universal, certainly among some of the bigger counties, and if the English game continues to suffer from the Stanford fall out, his stewardship may face further examination."

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 on Monday, former ECB vice-chairman Mike Soper said he had no confidence in ECB management and would consider challenging Clarke at some point in the future."

"The thing I'm very sad about is the fact that cricket has been mauled all the way through this and the individuals seem to put more on finance than the actual game itself," he said.

"We've lost Vodafone, we've now lost Stanford, and it's the implications for cricket that worry me more than anything else.

"When Giles was elected, it was because he was 70% an entrepreneur and 30% a cricket lover. I was always the reverse.

"I think if he's that great an entrepreneur, he ought to get these sponsors, replace them and then resign. It's too easy to walk away but I would consider challenging only if the game wanted a cricket lover first and an entrepreneur second."

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see also
Colin Croft column
18 Feb 09 |  West Indies
US fraud charge tycoon disappears
19 Feb 09 |  Americas
ECB suspends talks with Stanford
18 Feb 09 |  England
US tycoon charged over $8bn fraud
17 Feb 09 |  Americas
ECB committed to Stanford Series
09 Nov 08 |  England
ECB defends Stanford involvement
01 Nov 08 |  England
ECB plans Stanford Series review
29 Oct 08 |  England
Stanford plans global expansion
12 Jun 08 |  Cricket

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