Paul Downton was born on April 4, 1957; in Farnborough, Kent is a cricket player, who played in 30 Test matches and 28 One Day Internationals for the England National Cricket Team between 1977 and 1989. He mainly plays in the team as a wicketkeeper-batsman, and is a prolific right-handed batsman, having scored plenty of runs for the teams, both in domestic and international cricket.
He is a brilliant wicket keeper and is very effective behind the stumps, taking some great catches and affecting some stumping. He played for Kent County Cricket Club from 1977 to 1979 and for Middlesex between 1980 and 1991. Downton played for Kent between 1977 and 1980, winning the County Championship twice before joining Middlesex and played for them between 1980 and 1991.
He has taken over 690 catches and affected 89 stumpings, playing for the England National Cricket Team and is a successful player for the team.
He made his England National Cricket Team debut on 1981 in Test format and was dropped after the first Test against Australia. He had to wait until the summer of 1984 for further such honours when he was picked at home to bolster England's batting options against the West Indies. He also played in World Cup 1987.
His cricket career ended in 1991 when he failed to recover from a freak eye injury. A bail lodged in his eye when he was standing up to the stumps during a Sunday League match at Basingstoke in 1990.
After retirement from cricket, he became a stockbroker with James Capel and Cazenove & Co.
He was appointed to the position of Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board with effect from 1 February 2014.
On 18 January 2018, Kent announced his appointment as Director of Cricket at Kent County Cricket Club.