Geoffrey Boycott named new president of Yorkshire CCC

Boycott receives vote to replace Illingworth as president of Yorkshire

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00:42 GMT, 26 March 2012

Yorkshire have named former England opener Geoffrey Boycott as their new president.

The 71-year-old will replace Ray Illingworth in the role having earned a majority verdict of 91.09 per cent in a recent members' vote.

The move completes a period of change at Headingley, with former Australian quick Jason Gillespie having been drafted in to coach a side relegated from Division One of the LV= County Championship last season.

County man: Geoffrey Boycott is the new president of Yorkshire

County man: Geoffrey Boycott is the new president of Yorkshire

In addition, former England captain Michael Vaughan has been added to the county's management board and, with all the alterations complete, Boycott wants to focus on a return to the top division.

He 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.

On the way out: Former England coach Ray Illingworth has left his role with Yorkshire

On the way out: Former England coach Ray Illingworth has left his role with Yorkshire

'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.'