Cricket: Graveney given two more years

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DAVID GRAVENEY has been re-appointed as England's chairman of selectors for a further two years. Graveney, whose initial two-year tenure ends on 31 August, will now remain in the post until the end of the 2001 season.

The former Gloucestershire, Somerset and Durham left-arm spinner has been a selector since 1995 and became chairman of selectors in 1997.

Welcoming the decision to re-appoint him, made at a recent England Management Advisory Committee meeting, Graveney said: "I'm delighted that I have been given the opportunity to continue as chairman of selectors after two hugely enjoyable and challenging years in the role. I believe we are making real progress as an international side and I'm looking forward to playing my part in ensuring we continue with that progress over the months and years that follow."

Simon Pack, the England and Wales Cricket Board's International Teams director, said: "David has shown great energy and diplomacy over the last two years."