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Soper in line to replace Morgan as ECB chairman

July 24, 2007 21:08 IST

Six years after being told he had six months to live Michael Soper is in line to land the top job in English cricket.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday that the 61-year-old Soper, along with Somerset chairman Giles Clarke, were the two nominations to replace chairman David Morgan who will become International Cricket Council president next year.

A ballot of first-class county chairmen and the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) chairman will decide who succeeds Morgan. The ballot will close on August 13 with the result to be announced two weeks later.

Soper, the former chairman of Surrey, was diagnosed with bone and prostate cancer six-and-a-half years ago and was given just months to live.

He was put in touch with specialists in the United States by former Prime Minister and cricket enthusiast John Major and has since defied the gloomy prognosis.

"I will die of bone cancer, so you can see why I've become so passionate," Soper was quoted as saying in the Guardian newspaper.

"This is my final ambition but this would be only the start because there are so many things I want to do within the game." 

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