Keith Cook

Cricket Operations Manager

How long have you been involved with Warwickshire? 37 years – I joined the club as a 17-year-old in 1973

What does your typical working day involve? The boring stuff: admin, registration, contracts, liaising with the ECB, working closely with the coaches, players and cricket management team on logistics and planning issues. On match days I work with the umpires and the teams involved with the day-to-day running of the game

What’s your first cricket-related memory? Walking through the Thwaite Gates in August 1973 for my interview

Who were your cricketing or sporting heroes growing up? Ian Botham – he brought cricket alive and made it exciting for so many people. He was also the key figure in the most exciting cricket match ever played against Australia at Edgbaston back in 1981

What’s been your finest moment on the cricket pitch? Fine moments have been very few and far between, but it’s probably batting with Dennis Amiss in a benefit match at Bournville CC (I wasn’t out there for long though!)

Who have been the biggest influences on your career? My parents

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? I left Warwickshire in 1986 to work for a local health clinic and hated being away from Edgbaston. I was back nine months later and it was the best move I ever made

How do you spend your time away from cricket? With my wife and family whenever possible. If not that then I’m enjoying good food and wine with friends and watching the mighty Aston Villa. I’m also trying to master the art of fly-fishing when time allows

You’re down to your last £10. How do you spend it? On a bottle of red wine for me and my wife

If you could meet one famous historical figure, who would it be? Henry V

What is your most embarrassing moment? Dropping a skyer on the boundary in Bloemfontein – Carts had sent a ball orbit during our last pre-season tour and I failed to cling on to it

Who is the biggest joker in the Warwickshire squad or staff? Rikki Clarke

Who is the most superstitious member of the squad or staff? Last season’s overseas player Sreesanth is the most superstitious cricketer I have ever met!

Which member of the Warwickshire squad or staff would you most like under a skyer? Not me that’s for sure! Probably Madds or Troughts