Cricket: Proud Dickie set for President’s post

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There are no tears yet - they’ll possibly come at the official unveiling - but Dickie Bird is set to become Yorkshire’s next President thus succeeding his old County teammate and one-time fellow Barnsley CC colleague Geoff Boycott.

The Board has unanimously nominated the former international umpire for the position, which has a one-year term and it is expected to be confirmed at the club’s AGM on March 29.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would become the President of the greatest Cricket Club in the world, it is a tremendous honour and I am very humble and nobody could be prouder to follow in some great footsteps,” said Dickie.

Now 80, he played for Yorkshire and Leics from 1956 t0 1964 and later became regarded as the world’s best umpire, retiring in 1996 after 66 Tests 93 ODIs and three World Cup Finals.

n Joe Root will look to follow up his century this week when England face the West Indies in the opening One Day International against the West Indies in Antigua today.

The Sheffield batsman’s 104 from 103 balls helped England to a 29 run win over the Vice Chancellor’s XI in the warm-up fixture as England start a new era look ahead following the disastrous Ashes and ODI series in Australia.