Educated at Dulwich College and St Catherine's Cambridge where he was a Blue for four years and captained the University. Headmaster of Worksop College and President of the MCC 2015-2016 after being secretary and chief executive
As well as Surrey, he played for Gloucestershire and Sussex. A left-handed middle-order batsman and medium fast right-arm bowler, Knight passed 1,000 runs 12 times during his 15-year career, averaging 31.65, and took 342 wickets, at an average of 36.
He was persuaded to rejoin Surrey, as captain, in succession to John Edrich in 1978. With Micky Stewart, who became team manager in 1979, he revitalised the county, leading them to four successive one-day finals at Lord's