Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE was on 8 July 2015 appointed as an independent member on the 14-member board of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
With this, he became the first British Asian to join the ECB Management Board which is chaired by Colin Graves and the President of the Board is Giles Clarke CBE.
Lord Patel, who currently sits in the House of Lords as a Labour Peer will replace Lord Morris of Handsworth who is stepping down from the Board after serving for eleven years as an ECB Director.
Earlier, he has worked for the Yorkshire Cricket Academy as a part-time coach. In 2014 he served on the judging panel of the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards supported by ECB.
He has been one of the country’s most influential and authoritative spokesmen on issues relating to health, social care and equality and human rights.
Lord Patel has a long association with the game of cricket who first started playing cricket in the back-street of Bradford and went on to play alongside famous cricketing names in the Bradford League like Phil Sharpe and Geoff Cope.
He retired as an all rounder in 1998 after taking all the ten wickets in a league game to resume the playing cricket once again in 2008. At present, he plays regularly for Northowram Fields CC in the Central Yorkshire league.
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Who: Lord Kamlesh Patel
When: 8 July 2015