Of these, one is wielded by each of the 18 county chairmen (or their deputies) and half by both the MCC and Minor Counties Cricket Association representatives. Along with sundry other county personnel, emissaries from the Scottish Cricket Union, National Cricket Association and the Oxbridge clubs are entitled to join the debate; none, though, can influence any resolution directly.
Even when a significant vote is is due, these spokesmen are seldom given a mandate by their respective clubs. 'There is a certain amount of democracy,' Bob Bennett, the Lancashire chairman, emphasises, 'but voting is up to the chairman's discretion.'
Nevertheless, the fact that the Gloucestershire committee, for one, has not convened prior to Tuesday's conflab at Lord's infers that no immediate ruling on the identity of Ted Dexter's successor can be expected. Almost to a man, those whose opinions count are adamant that a redefinition of the job should take precedence.
Word has it that one decision will be taken, namely a reversion to 40 overs per side in the Sunday League. This would constitute a sizeable climbdown, since the increase to 50 overs was one of the props of the Murray Report, whose recommendations were accepted last season on the basis of a three-year trial.
Cricketing prowess is far from a pre-requisite for any putative chairman. Only four played at county level with any regularity, and just one has worn an England cap. Among their number are a knight of the realm, an OBE, a multi-millionaire, a magistrate and an erstwhile headmaster of a prominent prep school. The majority are mediocre club players and successful businessmen with eyes peeled more for bottom lines than traditional aesthetics.
THE COUNTY CHAIRMEN
Age: 45. Solicitor.
Youngest of the county chairmen. By own admission an 'absolutely useless' player. Circulated letter to fellow chairmen a couple of weeks ago calling for Dexter's head.
Age: 59. Businessman.
Director of several firms. Chairman of National Cricket Association; vice-chairman of Cricket Council. Played in the Tyneside Senior League. One of seven chairmen to vote against the Murray Report. Cites Ray Illingworth as ideal heir to Dexter.
Age: 46. Investment Sales Manager.
Off-spinner who helped Essex break their County Championship duck in 1979. Despite being most prosperous in country, club voted against the Murray Report.
Age: 55. Commercial director.
Club member for 40 years. Sat on TCCB marketing committee 1987- 92. Played 'a bit' at school and club level.
Age: 55. Accountant.
Former 2nd XI batsman and club treasurer. Member of TCCB finance committee. Club were against the ending of the Benson and Hedges zonal rounds because of revenue loss.
Age: 63. Accountant.
TCCB Cricket Council representative. Lancastrian who joined county committee in 1961, he describes his cricketing background as 'club 3rd XI'.
Age: 60. Retired headmaster.
Former club president and one of four new chairmen this season alongside Acfield, Mike Sturt (Middlesex) and Maurice Youdell (Notts). Played for Oxford Authentics.
Age: 53. Ran road haulage business before moving to Isle of Man.
Amiable, good-humoured realist who opened for county 1962-66. England tour manager for past two winters.
Age: 69. Retired.
Chairman of local magistrate's bench. Turned out for county as an all-rounder from 1946 to 1953, then joined committee. 'There's no vast hurry to replace Dexter.'
Age: 52. Owns printing firm.
Wicketkeeper who spent career in shadow of J T Murray. Former chairman of county cricket committee.
Age: 53. Owns construction company.
Named in Sunday Times poll of Britain's Top 100 Earners. Member of the Structure Working Party, which put together the Murrary Report.
Age: 59. Building contractor and developer.
House and Test Match chairman at club for 17 years. Vice-chairman of the National Association of Boys' Clubs.
Age: 49. Transport contractor.
Elected in 1988. Played for North Somerset Nomads. 'Tuesday represents a good opportunity to examine the way ahead.'
Age: 60. Insurance broker and former company chairman.
Played for the Army and Surrey Young Amateurs. Set up marketing committee at The Oval in the 1960s. Chaired a working party on four-day cricket in 1979.
A W CAFFYN
Age: 60. Chairman and chief executive of motor traders.
Former president. Kept wicket for Eastbourne CC.
Age: 60. Recently sold country club.
OBE, Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960, ex-selector and only Test player among the 18. Likely to leave the room when votes are cast. The short-priced favourite to succeed Dexter; England's tour manager in the West Indies in the New Year.
Age: 53. Owns bat-making company.
Played extensively for county as a batsman in the 1960s. Entrepreneurial instincts led to signings of Ian Botham, Graeme Hick and Graham Dilley.
Age: 68. Former Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service 1974, CBE 1979, knight bachelor 1984. Chairman of Royal Overseas League. Yorkshire president and TCCB Cricket Council representative.Reuse content