Adams set for Yorkshire move
Yorkshire are today expected to confirm the signing of Chris Adams to play a major role in a new era at Headingley Carnegie.
Barely a month after leading Sussex to their second County Championship title in four seasons, Derbyshire-born former England batsman Adams appears to have been tempted back north by the opportunity to develop his coaching as well as playing ambitions.
Yorkshire, meanwhile, have lost the retired Darren Lehmann and fellow left-handed middle-order batsman Michael Lumb from the team which narrowly escaped relegation from Division One of the championship this year.
While Sussex were clinching their title at Trent Bridge in September, Yorkshire were scrambling the points they needed against Durham to ensure they would not be one of the two teams going down.
Former England A batsman Lumb is their most recent departure, having decided on Tuesday to join Hampshire for “purely cricketing reasons”, while Anthony McGrath’s future at headingley remains uncertain.
It is against this background that the veteran Adams is due back up north as one of two new high-profile signings, following last week’s acquisition of Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan as Yorkshire’s first overseas signing from that country.
Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan confirmed last Friday that the county - currently without a captain after Craig White stood down at the end of last summer - were in talks with Adams.
Sussex reluctantly allowed Adams to speak to prospective new employers, acknowledging his coaching ambitions and the current lack of a suitable vacancy at Hove.
A four-year contract is reported to be available to the man who led Sussex to their maiden championship title after more than a century of failure in that regard.
Regan said: “The ball is in his court. We've expressed a desire to bring him to Headingley.
“We have been in discussions with Chris about how he can develop as an individual.
“He's 36 and is looking at where he goes after his playing career finishes.”
David Byas is currently head of Yorkshire’s coaching staff, as director of cricket, although coach and second XI manager Richard Blakey left the club at the end of the season.