Ian Fisher returned to Yorkshire ahead of the 2014 season as one of two new strength and conditioning coaches.
A left-arm spinner in his playing days, Fisher played for three counties – Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire – before opting for a backroom role in the game. He arrived at Headingley from Essex.
He made his first-class debut on a Yorkshire pre-season tour of Zimbabwe in 1996, taking five wickets against Mashonaland. He moved to Gloucester ahead of 2002 and finished his career with one season at Worcestershire in 2009.
Immediately after finishing his playing career, he earned a degree in Sports Performance at Leeds Metropolitan University.
1993 – Made his Yorkshire second XI in a three-day Championship draw against Surrey at the Oval in August alongside the likes of Ashley Metcalfe, Richard Kettleborough, Gavin Hamilton and Chris Silverwood. Took 5-84 in his second appearance against Kent later in the month.
1994 – Took another five-wicket haul in second XI cricket (5-57) as Yorkshire beat Essex at Southend.
1995 – Toured South Africa on a pre-season tour with the Yorkshire senior squad in March before continuing his impressive form with the ball in second XI cricket. Played in the semi-final of the Costcutter Cup for a Yorkshire senior team in July at Harrogate. The hosts lost out to Nottinghamshire.
1996 – Took 5-35 on first-class debut against Mashonaland at Harare on Yorkshire’s pre-season tour of Zimbabwe in early April. The hosts’ team included Grant Flower, Alastair Campbell and Pommie Mbangwa.
1997 – He debuted in the 40-over Axa Life League clash with Durham at Scarborough, taking 2-24 from eight overs in a thumping win. It was his first of two appearances in that competition during the summer. Made his County Championship debut away against Derbyshire in September, going wicketless.
1998 – Impressed in limited overs matches for Yorkshire through the summer, with him proving miserly in terms of economy rate.
1999 – His maiden Championship five-for came in his fourth appearance at Chelmsford in May. He claimed 5-73 from 25 second-innings overs in a 174-run victory. That proved to be his best analysis in a Yorkshire shirt in that competition.
2000 and 2001 – Remained a regular in limited overs cricket for Yorkshire, but he could not break into the Championship team on a regular basis due mainly to the emergence of off-spinner Richard Dawson, who ironically also joined the Yorkshire backroom staff ahead of 2014.
2002 – Having opted to move to Gloucestershire, he scored his maiden first-class century in a narrow Championship defeat to Essex at Gloucester. He scored 103 not out from number eight in the order. Took 30 Championship wickets in his first season at Nevill Road.
2003 – Took three successive Championship five-fors against Derbyshire and Durham (match figures of 10-123 in the latter) as Gloucester won promotion to Division One.
2004 – A career best 4-22 came in only his third Twenty20 appearance for Gloucester against Somerset at Bristol, although it was to no avail as the match finished in a No Result.
2006 – Helped the Gladiators win the NatWest Pro40 League Division Two title.
2007 – Helped his county reach the Twenty20 Cup final, playing in both matches against Lancashire (semi-final win) and Kent (final defeat) at Edgbaston in August.
2009 – After moving to Worcestershire, his final first-class appearance proved to be the opening match of the season against Oxford UCCE in early April before featuring heavily in limited overs cricket. Took 3-18 on his final appearance against Sussex, a Pro40 win at New Road in September, before retirement.
2009 – 2011 – Earned a BSC Honours degree in Sports Performance and worked as a self employed strength and conditioning coach.
2012 – 2013 – Worked at Essex CCC between March 2012 and September 2013 before returning to Yorkshire ahead of the 2014 county season following the departure of Tom Summers.
2014 – Fisher worked predominantly with the first team during his first year back at Headingley. In the book, Yorkshire – A Champion Year, published in November 2014, Jason Gillespie said of Fisher: “He gets that instant bit of respect as an S&C because he’s played for Yorkshire.
Our previous S&C, Tom Summers, was brilliant. But with Fish, there’s that instant bit of respect. That’s just strengthened because they see how good he is at his job. You only have to look at our bowlers charging in on the final day of the season to know that.”
2015 – Was called upon by England to work with the Performance Programme squad in the UAE prior to Christmas alongside Yorkshire physio Kunwar Bansil.