Chris Broad was born on September 29, 1957 in Knowle, Bristol, England also known as Brian Christopher Broad. He was a left handed opening batsman who played county cricket for Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire, captained Orange Free State in South Africa and represented England in 25 Test matches.
He suffered from osteomyelitis at the age of 15 and this delayed his development as a cricketer. In 1979, he made his first-class debut came for Gloucestershire and he secured a permanent place in the team the following summer.
Chris began his international career in 1984 for the second test match against the West Indies at Lords. In 1986, Broad made his One Day International debut against Australia in Perth. He scored 76 against Western Australia and England won by 37 runs.
Chris became the third Englishman to score centuries in three consecutive matches in the 1986-87 Ashes series.
In 1987 he was awarded International Cricketer of the year.
He scored 21,892 runs in 340 first-class matches at an average of 38.07, with 50 centuries and took 189 catches. He also scored 1,661 runs in 25 test matches at an average of 39.54, with six centuries and took ten catches.
Broad's children are both involved in cricket. His son Stuart Broad is one of the leading bowlers, represents both England and Nottinghamshire while his daughter Gemma worked as a performance analyst with England's One-Day squad.
He retired at the end of the 1994 season with a hip injury. In 2003 Chris became an ICC Test Official, refereeing for both Test matches and One Day Internationals.