Somerset chairman Andy Nash is to follow in the footsteps of predecessor Giles Clarke by standing for election to the ECB board.
Nominations close on March 29 and Nash has confirmed that he will be putting his name forward. Middlesex chairman Ian Lovett must seek re-election this year by rotation.
Nash is in his fourth year as chairman of Somerset having previously served four years as deputy-chairman to Clarke, now head of the ECB board, which includes four county chairmen, Peter Wright (Nottinghamshire), Colin Graves (Yorkshire), Nigel Hilliard (Essex) and Lovett.
During Nash’s period as Somerset chairman, the club has become one of the most powerful forces in county cricket, finishing runners-up in all three domestic competitions last season.
Somerset’s finances have also become the envy of their rivals with major development of the Taunton ground and £600,000 taken in membership fees for the coming season, double the figure of five years ago.
Nash said: “I have been very fortunate to have been involved with Somerset at a time of great progress on and off the field and would like to think I can now also serve the game at a higher level.”
Former Somerset chief executive Richard Gould, who is about to take up the same role with Surrey, believes Nash has been a key influence on developments at Taunton.
He said: “Andy has demonstrated a sustainable method of developing a cricket club. He has done a cracking job delivering progress on and off the field while making Somerset a more welcoming and approachable club.”
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose added: “Now that there are nine Test match grounds it is important that there is strong representation on the ECB board from the non-Test match counties.
“Andy would provide that and has a wealth of knowledge in the commercial and marketing world from his association with many other industries both as a managing director and chairman”.