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Counties nominate Clarke as chairman

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Electoral Reform Services has announced that Giles Clarke has been nominated for the role of ECB chairman by the 18 first-class counties and MCC.

ERS will today distribute the election papers to the full membership of the ECB, which comprises the 41-first class counties and county boards and the MCC.

This process will be concluded at 12 noon on February 23, 2009.

At the time of the withdrawal of Lord Marland of Odstock from the nomination process, 16 votes had been cast and Clarke was ahead 14-2.

Clarke said: “I would like to thank Lord Marland, who is after all a very experienced election campaigner, and also all the counties that voted for me.

“I believe that the overriding message from this election is that there is no division of purpose within first-class cricket in England and Wales.

“Indeed, this election has demonstrated quite categorically that, if anything, cricket is more agreed on a common direction that at any time in the last few years.”

The next term of office for the ECB chairman is until March 31, 2011.