Yorkshire have no reason to be afraid of me, says Boycott

Published: Saturday 5th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Geoffrey Boycott has invited Michael Vaughan to pick up the phone after the 75-year-old was urged by his fellow former England captain to drop his bid to return to the Yorkshire board.

Vaughan, 41, has urged former Yorkshire president Boycott to “back down” and drop plans to stand for election at the club’s annual general meeting on March 26.

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.

Current Yorkshire chairman Steve Denison has written to members to state it would be ” counter-productive to disrupt things now”.

Vaughan wrote on Twitter on Friday: ”Come on @GeoffreyBoycott .. Back down this is doing nothing for our Great club ..”

Asked by a Twitter user what he would do regarding the club’s financial situation, Vaughan added: ”Let the experts on Finance deal with it … Not Cricket experts ..”

Boycott responded by saying in the Yorkshire Post on Saturday: “Michael Vaughan is a colleague of mine. I work with him for BBC and Channel Five, and I get on very well with him.

“If he wants to talk to me about anything, he has my personal numbers and email, both in South Africa and in England. He can talk to me any time he wants.”

Assessing the situation as a whole, Boycott added: “I don’t understand why there is all this negativity. What are they afraid of? What do they think I’m going to do, commit murder?

“It should just be a nice, straightforward election by the members – quiet, dignified, and let the members decide.

“I had absolutely no idea that the chairman was going to issue statements and send out stuff to the members like that, but maybe I was naive.”

Published: Saturday 5th March 2016 by The News Editor

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