Warwickshire County Cricket Club has unveiled the MJK Gates at Edgbaston Stadium during the 1st Specsavers Ashes Series Test match between England and Australia.
Located next to the main entrance at Edgbaston, the club has renamed the gates in honour of the former Warwickshire and England captain MJK Smith, who scored 39,832 runs in a 25-year career that saw him win the County Championship in 1972 and the Gillette Cup in 1966 and 1968 and 50 caps for England; half of which came as captain between 1963 and 1966.
Having retired from the First Class game in 1975, MJK would go on to another senior role as the club, becoming Chairman between 1991 and 2003, and was an ICC match referee ICC match referee between 1991 and 1996. He also would support the ECB as Tour Manager for several England series overseas.
Norman Gascoigne, Chairman of Warwickshire CCC, said: “As a former player, captain and chairman, MJK is a true Bear and a legend who has contributed so much to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, on and off the field.
“Having also made his Test debut here in 1958, it’s very fitting that we can unveil this permanent tribute to MJK by unveiling these gates at the grandest of occasions, an Ashes Test match at his home ground.”