Chairman spells it out to the players
Friday 07 February 1997
Following on from the pointers he gave in Zimbabwe, MacLaurin was again keen to stress the need for players to realise the importance of England's performances at Test level.
"Wearing the crown and three lions should be the greatest honour of their lives," he said before play had got underway. "I expect them to die for that.''
On a less emotive level, however, he felt that England players were ill- prepared for the roles expected of them in the corporate and televised age of modern sport. "We need to help them and educate them in so many ways and make them better people," he said. "We have a big responsibility to help them do the job to the best of their ability, because unless money comes in at the highest level, nothing filters down.''
Tim Lamb, the ECB's chief executive, who is in New Zealand alongside MacLaurin, also announced that England's new chairman of selectors would be chosen in mid-March.
He said several candidates had already been put forward, and that the choice made by Bob Bennett's newly formed England management committee would not need to be ratified by the full Board.
Lamb and MacLaurin are also involved in a busy consultative process as they formulate a blueprint to take English cricket forward in a more business- like fashion.
Latest in Sport
Liverpool vs Bolton report: Brilliant Adam Bogdan produces heroics to earn Wanderers a replay
Cristiano Ronaldo vine: Real Madrid forward sent-off for kicking and striking opponent during 2-1 win over Cordoba
What time is the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble on? TV details and full card
Sam Burgess: Bath and England's next big thing
The Andy Cole Column: The real reason I've hated Sheringham for 15 years: he refused to shake my hand
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...