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Pickup awarded MBE

John Pickup, pictured, is an ECB Board Director, a member of the ECB's Major Match Group and Chairman of the MCCA

The Chairman of the ECB's Recreational Assembly, John Pickup, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's honours list.

Mr Pickup, who has been an ECB Board Director since ECB's formation in 1997, is also a member of the ECB's Major Match Group and Chairman of the Minor Counties Cricket Association.

A former club cricketer, he was the Honorary Secretary of Cheshire CCC from 1980-2004 before becoming the County's Board Chairman in 2005.

Commenting on the award, ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "John has given a lifetime's service to cricket and this award is fitting recognition for the hugely important role he has played in the wider development of the sport, both with ECB and its predecessor, the Test and County Cricket Board. He has been a great champion, in particular, of our recreational game and his knowledge and expertise in this area remain invaluable.

"We pass on sincere congratulations to John and to our friend and colleague Keith Oliver, the Chairman of Cricket Scotland, whose equally important contribution to the development of the Scottish game has been recognised with a very well deserved OBE."