London: Former England captain Mike Brearley has apologised to England and Wales Cricket Board president Giles Clarke for calling him an "employee".
Brearley, the chairman of MCC`s world cricket committee, made his comments on Tuesday while giving a news conference at Lord`s in which he suggested the ECB had softened its once hardline opposition to cricket being included in the Olympic Games since Colin Graves replaced Clarke as chairman earlier this year.
Clarke was subsequently appointed to the newly-created post of ECB president, where his duties include representing the board on the International Cricket Council, the sport`s Dubai-based global governing body.
Brearley, welcoming what he saw as the ECB`s greater willingness to contemplate cricket in the Olympics said that Clarke, as president, was an "an employee of the board and has to report to the board. He has to do what he`s told".
However, MCC issued a statement on Wednesday in which Brearley said he had been wrong to call Clarke an employee.
"I have apologised to Giles Clarke. What I should have said was that if the ECB changes its policy regarding cricket in the Olympics, then it would of course be Giles`s job to present that policy to ICC," Brearley explained.
"Giles is not an employee of the ECB board and I did not intend to imply that he was," Brearley added.
It is more than 40 years since MCC, which owns Lord`s, the self-styled `home of cricket`, ceased to run the English game although it retains worldwide responsibility for the sport`s rules or Laws as they are known.