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Vikram Solanki

Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki is one of three additions to the PCA board

The Professional Cricketers Association has announced three new additions to its group board.

Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki will join the board in his capacity as the recently elected PCA chairman, a position he will fill until at least 2011.

The 33-year-old batsman has scored over 13,000 first-class runs to date and has played international cricket for England in both 50 and 20 over formats.

Anthony Wreford has been appointed as the organisation’s non executive group chairman.

In addition, he has undertaken numerous roles in cricket administration. He was a member of of the main MCC committee for 11 years and has recently been elected as a trustee of MCC from October 2009. He is also a trustee of the Lord’s Taverners.

Matthew Wheeler is the other man to join the board and will take up the position of non-executive director.

He has been a leading figure in sports, marketing and entertainment sectors for almost 20 years and until 2001 he was worldwide managing director of Octagon, the international sports agency.

During the early 1980’s Wheeler was on the Northamptonshire staff.

PCA chief executive Sean Morris said: “These are very exciting times for the PCA and it is critical that we have the right personnel in place to assist in delivering the considerable opportunities available to our members.

“Men of the calibre of Vikram, Anthony and Matthew will play a big part in helping us take this organisation to the next level.

“Cricket is changing fast and has many challenges. With Vikram’s understanding of the modern game combined with the skills that Anthony and Matthew will bring in terms of commercial expertise, governance and entrepreneurial knowledge, they represent powerful new additions to the organisation.

“I am very excited to be working with the three of them and look forward to them joining Jason Ratcliffe and myself on the new Board. I am confident we can deliver substantial benefits to our members and to the games other leading stakeholders.”

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