Clarke unrepentant over Stanford
Giles Clarke claims he has received more than 9,000 e-mails of support urging him to remain as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board despite his role in the Stanford controversy.
The 55-year-old former Somerset chairman has faced calls to step down from his position after negotiating a lucrative five-year deal with Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford, who has since been charged with fraud by the US authorities.
But speaking just 24 hours after being re-elected as chairman for the next two years, Clarke remains defiant about the embarrassing turn of events and claimed he had vast support to continue in his role.
Asked whether he had considered resigning in an interview with BBC Five Live, Clarke stressed: "I haven't and that's not because I'm bull-headed or ignorant about other people's opinions - I've had over 9,000 e-mails saying 'pay no attention'."
Clarke also attempted to defend the ECB's reasons for entering into the contract with Stanford, which would have committed England to playing an annual winner-takes-all US 20million Twenty20 match in Antigua for the next five years.
Last October's event was marred with controversy after England's players complained about the facilities and lost the match to the Stanford Superstars, while Stanford was forced to issue a public apology after being seen bouncing Matt Prior's pregnant wife on his knee during one of the matches.
Since the charges were revealed against Stanford, the ECB have cancelled all contracts with him and negotiations towards him backing a quadrangular Twenty20 tournament featuring England at Lord's every summer.
But Giles said: "The board was approached to play games which brought in money for the benefit of our game. We did it because we believed we were raising funds which would help the infrastructure of our game."
Arsenal players boo chief-executive Ivan Gazidis after being told they would not get bonus for FA Cup triumph
Danny Ings: Burnley striker to begin talks with Liverpool, despite Tottenham interest
Leicester City investigate reports of 'orgy video in Thailand in which woman is racially abused'
Theo Walcott contract latest: Arsenal striker predicts future will be 'resolved' but warns 'it will take time'
Betting company 'refuse to pay' after student wins £1,000 from 50p bet on Roger Federer
- 1 Enrique Iglesias injured trying to catch a drone mid concert
- 2 Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, reveals new look on Annie Leibovitz shot Vanity Fair cover
- 4 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history