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Boycott to be new Yorkshire country cricket club president

London, Mon, 26 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 26(ANI): Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has been appointed as the new President of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, replacing former England captain Raymond Illingworth.

Boycott topped a recent members' poll by securing 91.09 percent of votes.

"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," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Boycott, as saying.

"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," he added.is appointment is the latest change in the Headingley hierarchy.

Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has become Yorkshire coach following their relegation to the second division of the first-class county championship last season.

Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan has joined the county's management board.

Boycott, 71, played 108 Tests for England from 1964-1982, scoring over 8000 runs at an average of nearly 48. (ANI)

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