Grant set to stand for ECB elec­tion

The Cricket Paper - - ASSOCIATE NATIONS - By Seth Fran­cis

CHRIS Grant will step down as Der­byshire chair­man at the end of next month and will now stand for elec­tion to the ECB.

Grant, who was elected to the Der­byshire com­mit­tee in Au­gust 2010 and be­came chair­man the fol­low­ing March, will have served six years as chair­man by the time he leaves the role on March 29.

Le­gal di­rec­tor, Rob Tice, and busi­ness devel­op­ment di­rec­tor, David Booth, have also de­cided to step down from their re­spec­tive Su­per­vi­sory Board roles at the same time.

Grant said: “Serv­ing as chair­man of Der­byshire for the last six years has been a huge hon­our. How­ever, I have sig­nalled my in­ten­tion to stand for elec­tion to the ECB and I be­lieve that by step­ping down from my county role, I will be bet­ter equipped, if elected, to dis­charge the du­ties of a di­rec­tor of the ECB with­out con­flict.

“I am im­mensely proud of what we have achieved at Der­byshire over the last six years. Hav­ing res­cued the club from the brink of fi­nan­cial ruin back in 2010, we are set to an­nounce a sixth suc­ces­sive year of sur­plus next month.

“On the field, we se­cured our first piece of sil­ver­ware in nearly 20 years, and only the club’s fifth ever tro­phy, when we won the County Cham­pi­onship Divi­sion Two ti­tle in 2012.

“It is also no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say that The 3aaa County Ground is un­recog­nis­able from what it used to be as a re­sult of a £4mil­lion ground devel­op­ment pro­gramme, which will see the club host the open­ing fix­ture of this year’s Women’s World Cup and Sir El­ton John in con­cert.

“The on-field re­or­gan­i­sa­tion and re­cruit­ment this winter un­der Kim Bar­nett’s guid­ance should also en­sure a far more com­pet­i­tive sea­son on the pitch in 2017 and be­yond.”

Mov­ing on: Chris Grant

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