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Mark Alleyne

Alleyne’s contribution to the game, and Gloucestershire in particular, was highlighted at the start of 2004 when he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

He was Gloucestershire's most successful captain in years and one of the most gifted all-rounders in the game.

He captained England A to Bangladesh and New Zealand in 1999-2000 and West Indies in 2001 and he also played 10 one-day internationals for the senior side, taking 10 wickets and making 151 runs.

Alleyne's leadership qualities stemmed from his ability to understand all areas of the game, and he brought seven trophies to the club during his time as captain.

His success was rewarded with him being named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2001.

Alleyne stood down from the championship captaincy in 2003 to take over as player-coach at the club following the departure of John Bracewell, but he continued to take the helm in limited-overs cricket.

However, he experienced a season to forget in 2005 when Gloucestershire suffered relegation from both Frizzell County Championship Division One and totesport League Division One.

He retired from playing at the end of 2005, in order to concentrate on his coaching role at the club.

Alleyne left Gloucestershire by mutual consent in February 2008, and was appointed MCC head coach ahead of the 2009 season.