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Geoff Miller OBE
Cricketer

Geoff Miller OBE is one of the most well renowned figures in the cricketing world. A former England Test stalwart and an accomplished player with Derbyshire and Essex, on retiring from playing the game he became the first person to hold the position of National Selector with the ECB after the equivalent role of Chairman of Selectors was shelved in 2008.

Geoff made his first class cricket debut for Derbyshire in 1973, was appointed captain of the county in 1979 and appeared in 34 Tests for England, taking 60 wickets and scoring 1,200 runs for his country. He played for Derbyshire until 1987, had a successful three years at Essex before returning to Derbyshire for one final first class season in 1990. After three seasons with Cheshire from 1991 he retired from the playing the game.

His appointment as National Selector coincided with one of the most successful periods in English cricket history with the Test team winning three consecutive Ashes series and reaching the summit of the World Test rankings. With a number of inspired selection choices over the course of five years, Geoff introduced some of the most exciting players in recent times to a team which then went on to enjoy a prolonged period of achievement.

After retiring from the role in 2013, with three Ashes wins as a player and four as selector to his name, Geoff was recognised for his contribution to English cricket, both as a player and with the ECB, by being awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours list.

Since his retirement, he has gone on to build a reputation as a fantastic after dinner speaker. His insightful views on the sport alongside his humorous anecdotes, from times spent playing alongside the likes of Sir Ian Botham, and overall charisma have combined to make him a highly popular choice for corporate events, sporting dinners and many other occasions.

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