Yorkshire are taking longer than was at first expected to appoint a captain to replace Chris Adams, who backed out of the post a fortnight after agreeing to take on the job.

Chief executive Stewart Regan was last week optimistic that a new captain would be in place within a few days. But yesterday he admitted that the selection process "could take a bit of time yet".

"We are still having telephone conversations, negotiations and discussions with third parties," he said.

"There are people who are interested in the post and once we have identified the main candidates we will enter into some fairly detailed negotiations. We are making progress but it is slow work."

One of the problems Yorkshire could be experiencing is availability, because most top players on the domestic scene are now under contract for next season and any one of them could find difficulty in gaining their release.

Yorkshire would still like the captain to take on the additional role of director of professional cricket but if he not happy with that then the club will make a separate appointment.

David Byas has still not said whether he will accept the new post of director of cricket development and Yorkshire have still not resolved the issue surrounding leading batsman Anthony McGrath, who wants to leave the club.