Boycott given Yorkshire presidency
Former England opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott has been elected president of Yorkshire.
A whopping 1,115 members voted in favour of Boycott being given the role, earning him a majority verdict of 91.09% and ensuring he will succeed Ray Illingworth.
Upon being given the role, the 71-year-old immediately spoke of his desire to see Yorkshire back in Division One of the LV= County Championship following their relegation last season.
Boycott said: “The club will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2013, and in our anniversary year we should be striving to win the championship. We cannot do that in the second division - we have got to get out of it.
“The young players have to perform, and some of them didn’t do so last season when they let themselves and the club down. That has to stop, and they have to help to get promotion, because championship cricket is part of our heritage.
“The only thing that really matters to the membership is that Yorkshire do well in championship cricket. The team can play well in Twenty20 and 40-over cricket, but if they play badly in the championship, they will let you down.”
The White Rose, meanwhile, have also announced that top-order batsman Joe Sayers will be their vice-captain this season, while former England skipper Michael Vaughan has been co-opted on to the management board.