Geoffrey Boycott vows not to meddle as row over Yorkshire return rumbles on

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by The News Editor

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Geoffrey Boycott is adamant he has no intentions of causing trouble as the row over his proposed return to Yorkshire goes on.

White Rose chairman Steve Denison has said he does not want one of the county’s most recognisable figures to take a place on the board, writing to members to say it would be “counter-productive to disrupt things now”.

Former captain and president Boycott is standing for election on March 26, but says he has no interest in interfering with playing matters at the back-to-back county champions.

Instead, the 75-year-old says he wants to get involved to prevent Yorkshire running into financial difficulties.

Yorkshire retain significant existing debts, despite an annual profit of £ 368,000 and an increased income of £8.4million – and Test match status for the foreseeable future is crucial to their well-being.

“The last thing I want is any trouble,” Boycott said in the Yorkshire Post. “I’m 75 years of age. I need trouble like I need a hole in the head.

“I’m only standing because there are vacancies on the board and because I care about the club. That’s all. I want to act for the members and the benefit of the club.

“I’m not standing to get involved in the cricket. That point has to be made. Our cricket is going good. There’s no problem with it.”

Boycott last served on Yorkshire’s board in 2012 and claims that he never once went beyond his remit, and has outlined as much in a letter.

“They’re making out I’ll get involved in the cricket and upset the apple cart, but I’ve said twice in a letter that’s not my intention,” he added.

“Even when I was on the board before, I never got involved in the cricket; I never went in the dressing room once.

“Anything I had to say, I said at board meetings, and that’s how it should be as a board member, so what are they afraid of?

“The board are misleading people by suggesting I’m going to get involved in the cricket; the only time I would ever get involved is if I was asked.

“The cricket is going great, but while we’re basking in the cricket, and the success of the cricket, we’re racking up so much debt that, if we’re not careful, we might not be in existence further down the line, and it’s no good having a good cricket team and the club going down the tube.”

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, Denison said: “We want individuals with skills that can guarantee the survival of the club.

“We are saying no on the back of stability.”

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by The News Editor

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