Gubby Allen (1902–1989) was a cricketer who captained England in
eleven Test matches. Born in Sydney, Australia, on 31 July 1902, his
family moved to London when he was six. In first-class matches, he
played for Middlesex and Cambridge University. A fast bowler and hard-
hitting lower-order batsman for England, Allen was appointed captain in
1936 and led the team during the unsuccessful 1936–37 tour of
Australia. He captained England in a Test series in the West Indies in
1947–48. He later became an influential cricket administrator who held
key positions in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which effectively
ruled English cricket at the time. He was instrumental in the creation
of an MCC coaching manual, and worked hard to eliminate illegal bowling
actions. As chairman of selectors from 1955 to 1961, he presided over a
period of great success for English cricket, during which he worked
closely with the Test captain Peter May. In 1963, he became MCC's
president, and was made the club's treasurer the following year. In this
role, he was deeply involved in the D'Oliveira affair, a controversy
over the potential selection of Basil D'Oliveira to tour South Africa.
He was knighted in 1986.
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