White plans to be an umpire

Yorkshire's Man of the Match Craig White comes off the pitch after scoring his centuryagainst Surrey during their Cheltenham & Gloucester trophy semi-final match at Headingley, Leeds Sunday August 4 2002. PA Phopto: Paul McGregor
Yorkshire's Man of the Match Craig White comes off the pitch after scoring his centuryagainst Surrey during their Cheltenham & Gloucester trophy semi-final match at Headingley, Leeds Sunday August 4 2002. PA Phopto: Paul McGregor
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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.

While, 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 completely not to reapply for the job and I am leaving Yorkshire 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.

“When I found out that the coaches were having to reapply for their positions it just brought a few things into focus from my point of view. It gave me time to reflect and and think about what I want to be doing with my life in 10 years’ time.

“As much as I love working with the players and the cricketing aspects, there are some parts of coaching I don’t enjoy.

“There’s a lot of coaching badges you’ve got to do nowadays, and I hate sitting down and doing that sort of thing.

“It’s sad to leave, but I’ve so many happy memories. There have been some great times and I’ve made some terrific friends along the way.”