Former CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board (EBC) and current head of the CCPR, Tim Lamb, was the special guest for today’s Coventry Conversation to discuss that cricket is not just cricket.
Paul Jackson of the university’s Business school, who was also in attendance, opened the conversation by introducing himself as a Grade 3 Coach in Cricket. He made a quick few words about Tim Lamb.
Lamb opened his career with Oxford CC, and was described as an ‘‘excellent medium-fast bowler’’. Jackson rather jokingly said that the term ‘medium-fast’ went straight over his head. He continued by stating Tim’s finest game was the Natwest semi-final for Northamptonshire, where they were nine wickets down and he was up against Michael Holding. Lamb’s run rate average was one a game and they managed to hold on to get the final. Writes Daniel Baillie…
13. 02 Quick introduction about Tim Lamb was made by Paul Jackson, from the Coventry University’s Business faculty, who described Lamb as an ‘‘excellent medium-fast bowler’’ and recalled one of Lamb’s games against Michael Holding.
13.06 Starting off as a successful cricket player, Tim Lamb commented how lucky he is to continue his professional cricket experience, as now he is the Director of CCPR. He joked that sometimes even his co-workers didn’t appreciate what he was doing, he recalls with a grin on his face about back in the days when he was still playing.
13.08 ‘’We’re about to change our name’’, commented Lamb about CCPR.
13.10 Lamb commented on some of his achievements, such as the setting up of the National Academy for Cricket, the forming of the women’s cricket team to give women an opportunity at cricket in England and signing up broadcasting contracts with Channel 4 and Sky, which contributed to the revenue.
This Wednesday, Tim Lamb, former Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will be at the Coventry Conversations.
Under his leadership, the sport of cricket witnessed a period of unprecedented reform and modernisation.
Tim played professional first class cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club between 1974 and 1977 and for Northamptonshire CCC from 1978 to 1983, before moving into sports administration. He was appointed General Manager of Middlesex CCC from 1984 to 1988 and subsequently Cricket Secretary, later Deputy Chief Executive, of the Test and County Cricket Board from 1988 to 1996.
Writer and broadcaster Christian Wolmar will speak at Thursday’s ‘Cov Con’. He specialises in Transport and has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist. Wolmar was at The Independent from 1989 to 1997, mostly as transport correspondent.