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ECB pays tribute to Christopher Martin-Jenkins

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The ECB has paid tribute to the cricket writer and broadcaster Christopher Martin-Jenkins, whose death was announced earlier today.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “Christopher - or CMJ as he was universally known - was quite simply a cricketing institution.

“He had been an integral part of BBC Radio's Test Match Special commentary team for more than 40 years as well as being an influential and highly respected cricket correspondent for two national newspapers, The Times and The Daily Telegraph, and the author of many books on the game which became his life's love.

“He cared deeply about the game of cricket and his breadth of knowledge and understanding made him an enormously popular member of the Test Match Special team.

David Collier, Christopher Martin-Jenkins & Clare Connor

ECB Chief Executive David Collier, pictured with Christopher Martin-Jenkins in 2011, said: "Christopher - or CMJ as he was universally known - was quite simply a cricketing institution."

He will be hugely missed by all cricket fans as well as his many friends and colleagues within the game and we send our condolences to his immediate family; Judy, Robin, James and Lucy.”

ECB Chairman Giles Clarke said: “Cricket has lost one of its greatest champions. Christopher was a supremely talented broadcaster and writer; a fount of knowledge about cricket - both past and present; and, as a devoted supporter of Sussex, someone who cared deeply about county cricket and the wider recreational game.

“These were the qualities which made him an excellent President of MCC and it was always a privilege and a pleasure to be in his company and share discussions with him about our great game. He was man of great personal integrity, a true gentleman and our thoughts today are with his family and his close friends.”