David Graveney

Cricket After Dinner Speaker

David Graveney



The General Secretary of the Professional Cricketers Association. David retired from playing professional cricket in 1994, after a long and distinguished career of 457 first-class matches. He scored 7107 runs, took 981 wickets and held 241 catches.

David Graveney, after the England captaincy, probably occupies the most thankless post in English cricket. He is the Chairman of Selectores, usually second on the media ‘hit-list’ after the captain when results go against England.

He came from a family of considerable cricketing pedigree. His father, Ken, played for Gloucestershire from 1947 to 1964 and became the third post-war player to take all ten wickets in an innings (for 66) against Derbyshire in 1949, and David’s uncle, Tom, was one of the finest of all English post-war batsmen.

David’s genetically inherited skills were further enhanced in the competitive environment of Millfield School from where he joined Gloucestershire, making his debut in 1972.

He plied his trade as a highly effective slow left-arm bowler. With an unathletic plodding approach, David used his height (6ft. 4ins.) well and generally bowled from around the wicket. He gained his county cap in 1976 and captained the County from 1981 to 1988. He had been a member of the first-ever Gloucestershire sides to win major competitions, the Gillette Cup in 1973, the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1976 and in 1986, his benefit year, David lead his County to 2nd place in the County Championship, equalling their best-ever placement.

David retired from playing professional cricket in 1994. After a long and distinguished career of 457 first-class matches he had scored 7107 runs, taken 981 wickets and held 241 catches.

In November 1994, David became General Secretary of the Professional Cricketer’s Association. Having gained considerable experience of the administrative side of the game through his membership of Cricket, Discipline and Registration Committees of the TCCB and courting controversy in 1989-90 when he was player/manager of Mike Gatting’s ill-fated tour of South Africa. A qualified accountant, his fourteen year spell as Treasurer of the Cricketer’s Association also stood him in good stead for his new role.

In 1998 he transfered to the role of performance manager.


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