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Clare Connor

Clare Connor, who was awarded the OBE in 2005, will become the first woman to sit on the prestigious ICC cricket committee

The England and Wales Cricket Board today expressed its delight at the appointment of Clare Connor, the ECB head of women's cricket, to the ICC cricket committee.

Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, applauded the historic decision which means Connor will be the first woman to sit on the committee. She presently sits on the ICC women's cricket committee.

Clarke said: “Clare's contribution to cricket - both as a player and now an administrator - has been immense. She laid, with Gill McConway her predecessor as ECB's head of women's cricket, the foundations of the last four years of unprecedented success for the England women's team.

“As ICC president David Morgan has said, Clare will be a real asset to the ICC cricket committee in the same way that she has been an asset to the ECB's leadership team and executive committee.

“I believe that Clare's appointment confirms the ever growing status of women's cricket in England and Wales where in the last year we have seen an increase in participation of 49 per cent.

“The England women's team, under the captaincy of Charlotte Edwards, also hold the Ashes and have recently returned from Australia with the ICC Women's World Cup.”
Connor's first meeting will be under the chairmanship of Clive Lloyd and will be held in London on May 11 and 12.

She was awarded the MBE in June 2004 for her services to cricket, and 18 months later the OBE after England beat Australia to win the Ashes for the first time in 40 years.

Connor added: “It's a real honour to have been appointed to the ICC cricket committee, especially as the first female member, and I look forward to joining so many esteemed colleagues at my first meetings in May.

“These are exciting times for the women's game around the world and the recent ICC Women's World Cup in Australia exceeded all expectations as a global women's sports event.

“In my role as head of women's cricket at the ECB, I am relishing the challenge of capitalising on England's World Cup win to take the women's game to new heights in this country, and I very much hope that I can influence the progress of the women's game globally through this new role with ICC.”