||ECB today announced that Giles Clarke has been nominated for the role of chairman by the 18 first-class counties and Marylebone Cricket Club for the next term of office up until the ECB’s annual general meeting in 2015.
The 59-year-old former Somerset chairman, who succeeded David Morgan at the ECB in 2007, and was recently awarded a CBE in the New Years' honours list, will be bidding for a three year term.
No other nominations for the post of chairman were received and Clarke’s candidacy will undergo the formalities: being put forward unopposed for election by the 41 full members of the Board, including the chairmen of the 18 first-class counties.
Last month, the ECB also confirmed a new four-year television deal with Sky, what would have previously been a contraversial move, but now one on which the finances of the counties depend and so barely a murmer of discontent was uttered.
"I am most grateful and honoured by the First Class Counties and MCC in being re-nominated for the role of ECB Chairman," he said in a statement issued through the ECB.
"I am especially grateful to Colin Graves and the Yorkshire CCC Committee for proposing me, and to Chris Grant and the Derbyshire CCC Committee, and Percy Price and the Worcestershire CCC Committee for seconding me.
The ECB has only had three chairmen since it was set up as a new governing body for English cricket in 1997 - Lord MacLaurin, who held the position for five years until 2002, and then Morgan, who was also elected three times before he moved on to the International Cricket Council in 2007.