Graham Thorpe MBE


British born cricket speaker and player Graham Thorpe MBE began taking part in the sport at a young age, a natural right hander he trained himself to play with his left hand aged just six to stop his older brothers from bowling him out during their childhood games. Growing up to join both the Surrey and England cricket teams Thorpe played professionally for almost twenty years.

Retiring in 2005 Graham has since established himself as a sports speaker appearing at local and national cricketing and after dinner speaker events, his presentations covering not only his own experience as a cricket speaker and player but also his time off the pitch, in the dressing room and in the public eye.

With an impressive background and sporting statistics Graham is an expert cricket speaker, taking part in exactly 100 Test Matches Graham is able to draw on both his own experience as a sportsman as well as his own personal passion and observations of the game he loves.

Graham Thorpe MBE has always been a popular player and remains much loved in his capacity as a sports speaker, coming out of retirement after family and marital problems in 2003 Graham was welcomed to his home ground of the Oval with a standing ovation in the England team’s Test Match game against South Africa.

Thorpe took permanent retirement in 2005 after the selection committee picked the South African born English player Kevin Pietersen MBE in place of him for the 2005 Ashes. Since then Graham has worked as a dedicated after dinner speaker, however he also worked as a summariser and cricket speaker for BBC radio and Sky Sports. Graham was awarded an MBE in 2006 for his services to British sports.

To book Graham Thorpe MBE as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Graham is known to cover the following topics:

  • Sporting Success
  • British Cricket
  • The Ashes
  • National Cricketing

“We were SO pleased with Graham Thorpe’s contribution on Friday to yet another terrific Annual Club Dinner! MANY thanks yet again to you both for your help…! Cheers, Jack….thanks again!” – Simon, Mumbles CC