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Lancashire County Cricket Club Confirm New Appointments and Structure

Lancashire County Cricket Club Confirm New Appointments and Structure

Lancashire County Cricket Club Confirm New Appointments and Structure

Lancashire CCC is delighted to announce a number of key appointments within the Lancashire Cricket structure.

Former England and Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff MBE, who made more than 200 appearances for England and almost 250 for the Red Rose, will join the Club’s board alongside James Sheridan, who has been the Chairman of the LCCC Foundation since its inception in 2012, and is one of the owners of Turner Parkinson, a Manchester-based independent business law firm.

The Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) and LCCC Foundation will merge to form the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, a separate entity to the Club, with an overall aim to deliver some extremely exciting growth in both participation and attendance across the game throughout the region in the coming years.

Bobby Cross, a partner at Sharp Cross and Mann LLP and current LCB board member, will be appointed as Chairman of the new Lancashire Cricket Foundation.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has developed its national Cricket Unleashed strategy focusing on More Play, Great Teams and Inspired Fans. As a result the newly formed Lancashire Cricket Foundation will focus more on participation and growth of recreational cricket in the County rather than talent identification and elite player development.

The Elite Player Pathway (EPP), including all Lancashire age group teams, and all talent identification, will transfer from the LCB to the Club through the Academy. The Club will continue to work alongside the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) and U19 Federation to produce the next generation of Lancashire players.

As part of this new structure, current Lancashire County Cricket Club non-executive director and former Red Rose and England bowler Paul Allott, will take up the role of Director of Cricket, responsible for the overall talent identification and development through the Elite Player Pathway (EPP), as well as the growth of participation and recreational cricket.

Lancashire County Cricket Club Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE, said: “Our vision is to be the best cricket club in the world. We want to inspire and provide the best possible experiences to people on and off the pitch.”

Now that the £60 million redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford has been completed, following the opening of the £15 million 150-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel this summer, the Chairman is now turning the Board’s focus to ensuring that the game of cricket can flourish and grow in the county.

“We’ve created a strong sustainable foundation for the Club following the redevelopment of the venue. The next steps are to ensure we have the right structure to grow the game, enhance our legacy and build an even better future for cricket in the county of Lancashire.

Flintoff, who made his Lancashire debut in 1995, and famously won the Ashes in 2005 and again in 2009, said: “I am hugely honoured to have been asked to join the Board and even more delighted to accept. I have talked to the Chairman about the future and what the Club and the new Lancashire Cricket Foundation wish to achieve, and it is a hugely exciting time for the game of cricket in Lancashire, and one that I am proud to be part of and contribute to.”

James Sheridan, one of the North West’s top ranked deals lawyers, is one of the few lawyers holding the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ‘Corporate Finance’ qualification.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “I’m extremely proud to join the Board of Lancashire County Cricket Club. I am joining at an exciting time in the Club's history, and an equally ambitious and progressive time for the Lancashire Cricket Foundation.”

Bobby Cross, brother of Lancashire bowler Kate Cross, has been General Manager of KIA Super League team Lancashire Thunder as well as a director of the LCB, and has played cricket through the county’s age teams and the Lancashire Second XI.

On his appointment as Chairman of the newly formed Lancashire Cricket Foundation, Cross said: “It is a great privilege to become Chairman of the Lancashire Cricket Foundation. The new aims and ambitions are set to make a massive impact on the game in the region.”

Heading up the departments that will implement both the plans for the Elite Player Pathway (EPP) and the objectives of the newly former Lancashire Cricket Foundation will be new Director of Cricket Paul Allott.

Allott played for the Club from 1978-1992 making 472 appearances and making his England Test debut at his home ground in 1981. He has more recently been on the Board of the Club whilst also working as an accomplished commentator and summariser for Sky Sports and their award-winning cricket coverage.

Commenting on his appointment, Allott said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed to the role of Director of Cricket. It is a fantastic time for cricket as a whole, and especially in Lancashire.

“It will be an all-encompassing job, working on the growth and participation of the game at the grass-roots level through to ensuring the EPP is appropriately structured to develop and identify the future generation of both Lancashire and England players.

“We have a strong history in developing top level cricketers and this is matched by a strong legacy of club cricket and we’re all looking forward to developing this over the coming years.”


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