After two decades at Yorkshire, Craig quits to umpire

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Former England all-rounder Craig White has set his sights on becoming an international umpire after deciding to leave Yorkshire following more than two decades with the county.

White, who played 30 Tests and 51 one-day internationals with England, represented Yorkshire as a player for 17 years and also captained the team before hanging up his boots in 2007, after which he took on a coaching role at Headingley Carnegie. However, the 41-year-old has decided not to reapply for his position of first-team coach and is now hoping to work his way up the umpiring ladder.

He said: “I want to aim as high as I can and work my way up on on the international panel.

“It will be hard work and there’s no guarantee I’ll make it, but I’m determined to give it a crack. I’ve played at international level and I know the pressures involved, so hopefully that will stand me in good stead.

“But my first objective is to get on the first-class list.”

He added about his decision to become an umpire: “I’ve always been interested in it, and, when I was coming towards the end of my playing career, I looked at the various possibilities. But then I got involved with the Yorkshire second XI and then gave coaching a bit of a crack.

“I’m hoping that I might be able to umpire a few second-team games next summer and take it from there.”

On his decision to leave Yorkshire, for whom he scored over 10,000 runs and claimed almost 300 wickets in 221 first-class games, White said: “It was my choice not to reapply for the job and I’m leaving on friendly terms. A lot of people, when they leave clubs, do so all bitter and twisted but that most certainly is not the case with me.”