Warwickshire chief executive Colin Povey has been elected to represent England’s Test Match grounds on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s executive committee.
Povey beat Surrey’s Richard Gould 5-3 in a vote of the Category A grounds – the MCC did not have a vote – and he will replace Jim Cumbes, who is about to retire as Lancashire’s chief executive.
Cumbes has been replaced as chairman of the county chief executives by Essex’s David East, an existing member of the ECB executive committee, who will continue to represent the Category B and Category C (non-Test Match) grounds.
Povey’s election to the ECB executive will delight Warwickshire who have made it clear that they were seeking greater influence at Lord’s.
Former Warwickshire and England batsman Dennis Amiss is currently deputy chairman of the ECB but it is expected that he will not seek re-election.
Warwickshire were aware that would leave them without representation at the higher levels of the ECB and had resolved to secure positions on the major committees at Lord’s.
Povey, a former water polo international, was previously chief executive of Carlsberg UK and he is also on the board of Premiership rugby club Northampton Saints.
He was appointed Warwickshire’s chief executive in 2006 as successor to Amiss and has overseen the £32 million pavilion development at Edgbaston.