NAME: Ian Michael Dews DOB: June 24, 1964, Wakefield ROLE: Director of cricket development
A former captain of York Cricket Club, Dews became involved in cricket administration at county level when he was appointed as a cricket development officer for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 1996.
Since 2000, he has worked heavily with Yorkshire’s much-envied Academy, starting off on a part-time basis and graduating through to became its director.
He is a fully qualified ECB level four coach, the highest a cricket coach can reach.
He has played a significant role in the development of some of Yorkshire’s most valued talent – Joe Root being just one example – and is a hugely respected member of the county’s backroom staff.
Dews, who also played one List A fixture for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 1999, has held titles such as Academy director, director of cricket operations and, now, director of cricket development at Headingley.
2014 proved to be a particularly memorable summer, with him playing his part in three title successes, the first-team’s County Championship success and the Academy’s Yorkshire Premier League and Cup double triumph.
There has been further Cup success for the Academy as well as the first-team Championship success in 2015.
Dews often travels with the first team as one of their support coaches.