Lord Kamlesh Patel becomes first British-Asian appointee to ECB Director [ Current Affairs ]


Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel has become the first British Asian to be appointed as Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Lord Kamlesh Patel replaces Lord Morris of Handsworth who had stepped down after 11 years as an ECB Director.

  • Lord Patel was born on 28 September 1960 to Indian parents in Nairobi, Kenya. He later had moved to United Kingdom. He hails from Bradford and is a leading voice on health, social care and community cohesion in UK.
  • At Present, Lord Kamlesh Patel is Labour Peer in the House of Lords and professor at the University of East London.
  • During 2008 to 2009, Lord Kamlesh Patel also had served as a government minister in the House of Lords and on the shadow front-bench from 2010-2012 in the upper house.
  • Kamlesh Patel had played cricket for number of local clubs and was all rounder. In 1998, Kamlesh Patel had retired from cricket after taking all 10 wickets in a league game.
  • In 1999, Kamlesh Patel was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Kamlesh Patel formerly had worked for the Yorkshire Cricket Academy as a part-time coach.
  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was established on 1 January 1997 and it is the governing body of cricket in England and Wales.

- Published on: July 14, 2015