Yorkshire County Cricket Club are devastated to learn of the passing of Sir Michael Parkinson, who passed away last night aged 88 following a short illness.

The iconic chat show host was born in Barnsley on March 28. 1935 and was a huge fan of cricket and of our county club. 

In April, Sir Michael recently attended his close friend Dickie Bird’s 90th birthday party at Headingley. The pair were former team-mates at Barnsley Cricket Club in the 1950s, where he also played with Sir Geoffrey Boycott.

He was also a close friend with Darren Gough, Managing Director of Cricket, for YCCC, who said: “He was a Barnsley boy, like myself, and it was an absolute pleasure to know him and his family.

“We are all devastated here at Yorkshire and thoughts of everyone at the Club are with Sir Michael’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Sir Michael, a former president at Scarborough Cricket Club, was honoured with a minute’s silence before today’s Metro Bank One-Day Cup fixture between Yorkshire and Hampshire. 

Sir Michael Parkinson

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