Ex-England captain to represent Europe on ICC Women’s Committee
Clare Connor, the ex-England cricketer who captained her side to the 2005 Ashes victory, has been appointed as the European representative to the ICC Women's Committee.
The committee, which was formed in 2005 following the integration of women's cricket with the ICC, has three main objectives: to govern and manage women's cricket in conjunction with the ICC; provide leadership to the Regional Development Managers (RDMs) to assist them in developing women's cricket in their region; and to make recommendations to the ICC Development Committee for future women's cricket initiatives.
Connor will join representatives from four other regions on the committee, which meets twice a year, including Carol Whilby-Maxwell (Americas), Catherine Campbell (East-Asia-Pacific), Kerri Laing (Africa) and Shubhangi Kulkarni (Asia). The Netherland's Betty Timmer is the committee's Chairwoman.
Connor takes over the role from Gill McConway, ECB's previous Director of Women's Cricket - a position which Connor also now holds.
Clare Connor made her England ODI and Test debut in 1995, as an all rounder who bats left handed and bowls slow left-arm spin. She captained England from 2000 until her retirement from international cricket in 2006.
Connor was awarded the MBE in 2004 and the OBE in 2006 along with the men's winning Ashes Team.
Commenting on her appointment Connor said "It is an honour to have been appointed as the European representative to the ICC Women's Committee. With so much international cricket on the horizon, and participation levels at an all-time high, it is an exciting time to be in a position to make an impact on the women's game through association with ICC.
"In particular, the women's World Cup and the T20 World Championships, both in 2009, will be impressive showcase events to show how dynamic the women's game has become in recent years."