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England captain Charlotte Edwards has become the first woman to join the MCC world cricket committee.

Edwards is one of four new members along with former England skipper Michael Vaughan, ex-West Indies captain Jimmy Adams and former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh.

The new quartet - who join the committee as part of MCC’s rotation policy - replace outgoing members Andy Flower, Mike Gatting, Alec Stewart, Tony Lewis, Tony Dodemaide, Michael Tissera and Courtney Walsh.

MCC world cricket committee chairman Mike Brearley said: “MCC is privileged and very grateful to have these four eminent cricketers, each with such deep knowledge of the game, agree to join the MCC world cricket committee.

Charlotte Edwards

England skipper Charlotte Edwards said: “I'm passionate about the game of cricket, and feel I've got plenty to add to the discussion."

“I am sure that all four will have much to contribute, and I look forward to welcoming them in person at the next meeting at Lord’s in August.”

Edwards added: “It's incredibly exciting thinking about sitting around a table with some of my heroes, guys like Steve Waugh, who I grew up watching and learning from as a kid.

“I'm passionate about the game of cricket, and feel I've got plenty to add to the discussion. It'll be an amazing experience just to pick these guys' brains and talk cricket with them. On a broader level, it's great for the women's game that I've been given this opportunity.”

Vaughan said: “I am delighted to join so many legendary ex-players - many of whom I looked up to as heroes - on a committee whose sole focus is the good of the game. I’m looking forward to discussing issues affecting cricket and generating positive and constructive ideas to ensure it keeps improving.”

Adams, Kent’s director of cricket, added: “I’m looking forward to sitting down with such an eminent group of peers and tackling the topics up for discussion. The world cricket committee plays an important role and I’m excited about having my chance to take part.”

The MCC world cricket committee will next meet at Lord’s on August 13 and 14.

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