Douglas John Insole is a former cricket player who played for Essex, England and for Cambridge University too. For England, he has played in 9 test matches, five of which were on the 1956-57 tour of South Africa, with Insole being the vice captain to Peter May.
He had an unorthodox style of playing in which his stance was wide open with his bottom hand being the dominant. Insole was an aggressive batsman as he scored runs in that period at a high strike rate.
Post retirement, Douglas was prominent in cricket administration and even served as a chairman of the England selectors along with being a president of the MCC. For many years, Insole was the captain of the cricket team of both the Cambridge University and Essex.
This all-rounder was better known for his tremendous influence on cricket after the end of his cricket days rather than his exploits on the field. This legendary player has made more than fifty first class hundreds and had a modest test career. Douglas was also the first team football player for the amateur Corinthian-Casuals F.C.
He played a total of 450 First Class matches in which he scored a mammoth total of 25241 runs at an average of 37.61. His highest score is 219 not out.
This wicket keeper, batsman and even a bowler, was known as one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1956. Moreover, he was also the President of the MCC for 12 months effective from 1st October 2006. In 1979, for his services to cricket, he was appointed as CBE. In the 1960s, he was chairman of selectors for the England team.