Sir Mervyn King will take a little time out from grappling with the global recession to help former Worcestershire seamer Matt Mason raise money for his testimonial this year.
King, the Governor of the Bank of England, is a cricket fanatic and of Worcestershire in particular and he has agreed to be patron of Mason’s testimonial.
He will be the guest speaker at the launch dinner, a black tie event at Malvern College on March 2, and will help Mason in his fund-raising endeavours throughout the year.
Mason was forced to retire from playing midway through last season because of injury. He had combined playing with duties as Worcestershire’s bowling coach but is now employed full-time as assistant coach to the county’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
“I was sad to learn that Matt had decided to retire from playing the first-class game,” said King.
“Throughout his time at Worcestershire he was a wonderful bowler and a great servant to the club. How much we enjoyed seeing Matt steaming in to bowl with his characteristic action exuding his enthusiasm and his commitment.”
King, who was educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School, is also a patron of Worcestershire and is a regular visitor to the ground as well as being president of the Chance to Shine cricket charity.