South Yorkshire entrepreneur Colin Graves nominated for England and Wales Cricket Board chairman

Colin Graves (right) with Geoff Boycott
Colin Graves (right) with Geoff Boycott

Colin Graves has received the sole nomination for the post of England and Wales Cricket Board chairman.

The South Yorkshire businessman, who was nominated by the 18 first-class counties and the MCC, has been executive chairman of Yorkshire since 2012 and was elected deputy chairman of the ECB the following year.

Graves said: “I am most grateful and honoured to have been nominated by the First Class Counties and the MCC for the role of ECB chairman.

“I am especially grateful to Chris Grant of Derbyshire CCC for proposing me; and to Clive Leach of Durham CCC and Norman Gascoigne of Warwickshire CCC for seconding me.”

Graves, who was brought up in Thorne and who founded the Costcutter convenience stores group has been nominated to serve as ECB chairman from May 15.

He confirmed his intention to stand for the position of chairman at a strategy meeting earlier this month.

Representatives from the 18 first-class counties, and the MCC, unanimously agreed then to the creation of the new role of ECB president after a two-day meeting and recommended current chairman for the role with Graves recommended to replace him as chairman.

It is expected that Graves will concentrate on a likely overhaul of domestic policy, alongside new ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.

Graves made it clear, in an interview with the Yorkshire Post, that he anticipates significant changes in English cricket.

He said: ‘’I would want a top-to-bottom review of cricket - from England Test match cricket right down to recreational cricket.

‘’If you ask most people whether cricket is positioned right at the moment, and whether everybody is happy with cricket, I don’t think anybody would put their hand up and say ‘Yes’, so there’s a lot of things we’ve got to sort out.’’