Colin Graves has been confirmed as the next chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The Yorkshire CCC chairman and founder of the supermarket chain Costcutter is currently ECB deputy chairman and will succeed Giles Clarke after the ECB annual general meeting in May. He will serve a five-year term.
Graves was unanimously elected by the ECB's 41 members in a vote which has now been ratified independently by Electoral Reform Services. He was unopposed.
"My immediate priority will be to work closely with our new chief executive officer Tom Harrison," said Graves, "my fellow Board members and the rest of the ECB’s senior leadership team to develop a comprehensive new strategy to grow cricket’s appeal still further across more diverse communities in England and Wales. With an Ashes series this summer and ECB hosting ICC global events in 2017 and 2019, we have a fantastic opportunity to inspire more people to play, attend and follow cricket and build on our position as the country’s number one summer sport."
Giles Clarke, who has served as ECB chairman since 2007, will move into the new role of ECB president later this year with the primary role of representing the body on the executive board of the International Cricket Council.