County news September 20, 2012

Gidney replaces Cumbes at Lancashire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lancashire have announced the appointment of Daniel Gidney as Jim Cumbes' successor as chief executive of the club. Cumbes, 68, who joined Lancashire as a player 50 years ago, is due to retire at the end of 2012, with Gidney joining from Ricoh Arena, the holding company that operates Coventry City's ground, where he occupied a similar role.

Gidney will take charge at Old Trafford for 2013, with Lancashire set to unveil a brand new pavilion in the spring before the ground returns to hosting Test cricket during the Ashes in August.

Lancashire chairman, Michael Cairns, said: "We are delighted to appoint Daniel, whose experience and track record in overseeing a highly regarded sporting venue will serve our business well as we embark on a new and exciting era.

"Daniel will be taking over from our well-respected and long-serving chief executive Jim Cumbes. Jim initially joined the club as a player and made his debut in 1962. He returned to Old Trafford as sales and marketing manager in 1987 before becoming chief executive in 1998.

"Jim was a key member of the team throughout what has been a monumental period for the club which saw us ultimately overcome a number of potentially devastating hurdles to be in the position where we are today. Everybody connected with Lancashire County Cricket Club owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to Jim for his unfaltering service to cricket and the business of cricket over the years and we all wish him well in his retirement."