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Yorkshire chief Colin Graves set to land ECB role
Colin Graves of Yorkshire is set to become the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new deputy chairman.
The White Rose county’s executive chairman has beaten Nigel Hilliard (Essex) in a ballot of the chairmen of the first-class counties and the MCC by ten votes to seven with two abstentions.
His name will now be put to the ECB’s 41 members for election as he looks to replace Dennis Amiss in a post which the Warwickshire man will step down from at the board’s annual meeting in May.
If successful, Graves will take on the role until the 2016 annual meeting.
Graves, the former owner of supermarket chain Costcutter, has been Yorkshire’s chairman since 2006.
He took on the title of executive chairman and added responsibility in the day-to-day running of the club last summer to account for Stewart Regan’s departure as chief executive in 2010. He has also been an ECB board director since 2010.
Graves said: “I am honoured that the first-class counties and MCC have chosen to nominate me for the office of deputy chairman of the ECB.
“I am most grateful for the support of my colleagues and will now await the conclusion of the election process by the ECB’s 41 members.”