THE ICC vice president Sharad Pawar has paid tribute to David Morgan on the day the Welshman received the OBE for services to cricket at Buckingham Palace.
Pawar wrote in a letter to Morgan: “I am delighted to know you are being conferred with an OBE. It is a recognition you richly deserve for your dedicated service to the great game of cricket.
“Working with you in the ICC has always given me great pleasure and I am confident this recognition will further inspire you to renew your pledge towards further development of this wonderful sport worldwide.”
Morgan received his award from His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London and was accompanied by his wife Ann, son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Sian.
Reflecting on the honour, Morgan said the award was a “great privilege” and added that cricket had probably never been stronger with three viable and vibrant forms at international level. He underlined his support for Test cricket and its “sustained drama”.
Morgan said: “I am fortunate to be involved in cricket at such an exciting time. “I’m now looking forward to my first visit to Mohali for the second Test of the India – England series and I really hope the match continues the feel-good factor around the longest form of the game that was generated by the Chennai Test match last week.
“The Perth Test between Australia and South Africa has also produced some great cricket and the last 10 days have been a real reminder that Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport with its unique ability to produce twists and turns and sustained drama.”