On Saturday 22 January, Yorkshire County Cricket Club hosted a Members’ Forum at Headingley, attended by over 300 Members of the Club.
The Forum provided Members with an opportunity to hear from the Club following recent events, as well as from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and included a full Q&A session. The topics discussed included the future direction of the Club, the upcoming ECB Board meeting, proposed changes to Club rules at the upcoming EGM, the Pathways system, recent management changes, hiring updates and the 2022 season.
Attending from Yorkshire County Cricket Club were Lord Patel of Bradford (Chair), Paul Hudson (Acting CEO) and interim Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket, Darren Gough. On behalf of the ECB, Barry O’Brien, interim Chair, and Martin Darlow, Non-Executive Director, attended.
Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “It was fantastic to meet with Members after a period of such pronounced change at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Members are integral to this Club and they posed important and direct questions about some of the substantial changes we have made over the past months as part of the wider dialogue about our future.
“I welcome the support expressed by Members for the changes we are introducing and their commitment to holding this club to account. The discussions were positive and constructive: I was particularly pleased by the overwhelming reception for our appointment of Ottis Gibson as Head Coach, as well as our pioneering partnership with the Lahore Qalandars, which will be integral to our strategy to help make Yorkshire County Cricket Club welcoming and accessible to people from all backgrounds”.