Yorkshire members reject Boycott bid

Geoffrey Boycott was Yorkshire president between 2012 and 2014

Geoffrey Boycott’s bid to rejoin the Yorkshire board has been rejected by the county’s membership.

A postal ballot of members saw 758 vote against the ex-Yorkshire and England opener’s candidacy, with 602 in favour.

Yorkshire chairman Steve Denison had asked club members not to elect the 75-year-old, who acts informally as an overseas ambassador for the club.

Members’ committee chairman Stephen Mann had also described Boycott as “out of touch”.

Three other candidates – vice-chairman Mark Arthur, chief executive Robin Smith and tourist board Welcome to Yorkshire CEO Sir Gary Verity – were all voted on to the board at the club’s annual general meeting.

Despite recently posting a post-tax profit of £368,000 for 2015 – their first profit since 2009 – Yorkshire are still more than £20m in debt, and Boycott had expressed concerns about how the club was being run.

“We can’t go on borrowing money – £24m is huge… that’s a recipe for disaster,” the BBC Test Match Special pundit had told BBC Look North.

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However Denison had said the board needed “individuals with skills that can guarantee the survival of the club”.

Mann had hinted prior to the ballot that the county champions’ membership would not be in favour of the return of Boycott, who played for the club from 1962-1986 and was the club president for two years to 2012.

“There is a general view that Boycs is out of touch with what’s happening, partly because he’s away with his media commitments, and partly because he spends a lot of time in South Africa.”

Boycott’s long-time Yorkshire team-mate John Hampshire has been voted in as the club’s new president following the two-year tenure of former player and umpire Dickie Bird.

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