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Connor invited to join ICC committee

Clare Connor

Clare Connor led England to a memorable triumph in the 2005 npower Ashes series

Former England captain Clare Connor has been invited to become the first female member of the International Cricket Council cricket committee as a representative of the women’s game.

The move was announced following the second day of the ICC’s board meeting in Dubai today.

Connor, who played 16 Tests and 93 one-day internationals for England between 1995 and 2005, currently serves as the head of the women’s game in England, as well as working as a non-executive director for Sussex.

She retired from playing in 2006 after leading England to an Ashes victory over Australia a year earlier.

“I’m delighted the ICC board has decided to appoint Clare to the ICC cricket committee,” said ICC president David Morgan.

“She has a wealth of experience in the game through her playing and administrative activities and has already been an active member of the ICC women’s cricket committee.

“This is another reflection of the ICC’s commitment to the women’s game. We believe Clare will be a real asset to the group and I look forward to her taking her place at the table.”

The meeting also saw the ICC reject an application for approved unofficial status from the Indian Cricket League, leaving the futures of the players involved in the hands of individual board members.

The committee is next due to meet in London on May 11.