Jack Birkenshaw MBE

Former England Cricketer

British all-rounder, cricket speaker and coach, Jack Birkenshaw is a retired England player who has worked as an umpire and sports speaker since retiring as a professional player in the early 1980’s after playing for a number of domestic teams.

Beginning his career  with Yorkshire in his late teens Jack Birkenshaw MBE dove straight into first class cricket and had made his debut in 1958; he left Yorkshire for Leicestershire in 1961 and, after a few disappointing seasons playing solely as a batsman Birkenshaw made the history books as one of the few players to take part in the first ever Midlands Knock-Out Cup limited-overs tournament in 1962. Gaining his first cap for Leicestershire in 1965 Jack Birkenshaw remained with the club for a further fifteen years.

Whilst at Leicestershire, Birkenshaw drew the attention of the English cricket team selection committee and in 1971 he was chosen to replace fellow cricket speaker Ray Illingworth as the team’s off-spinner for their Test matches in India and Pakistan. Jack Birkenshaw MBE played in five Test matches and continues to contribute as an after dinner speaker at Test match events.

Upon retirement Birkenshaw spent six years as an umpire, covering two Test Matches and six One Day International’s, four of which took place during the 1983 World Cup. In his capacity as an after dinner speaker Jack Birkenshaw regales audiences with tales of his time as both a player and umpire sharing in both the highs and lows of his domestic and international career. Birkenshaw made his final appearance as an umpire in 1988 and has since gone on to work as a sports speaker and coach at his old domestic team, Leicestershire.

To book Jack Birkenshaw as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

  • England Cricket Team
  • Leicestershire Cricket Team
  • Cricket Umpire
  • The World Cup
  • Sporting Success