London: David Morgan has beaten rival Mike Soper in the race to succeed Ian MacLaurin as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Former Glamorgan chairman Morgan, MacLaurin's deputy for the last four years, polled 11 votes to Surrey chairman Soper's eight in a vote by the 18 counties and the MCC. MacLaurin's six years in charge of the ECB were a time of radical change for English cricket with the introduction of a two-division county championship, central contracts for England players and the setting up of a national academy. Morgan was elected on a consolidation ticket while Soper had promised more reforms to cut costs and boost the county game's profile. The winner promised to work with the defeated candidate. "Michael Soper has clearly gained a significant amount of support, and it will be important for the Board to embrace some of his ideas, especially about the further popularisation of cricket," Morgan said. Morgan will take office on January 1 next year if given the backing of all 39 members of the ECB - the 18 first-class counties, 20 minor counties and the
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