Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Light to stand down

John Light is to stand down as chairman of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club after three years in charge.

Light said he wanted to "enjoy continued good health" and will not be seeking re-election at the AGM in January.

He told www.gloscricket.co.uk: "The role of a county chairman increasingly carries greater demands. The nature of the role is changing and we need someone who can help generate the finance needed to realise our excellent plans for the ground."

Light, who will turn 70 next year, underwent major heart and prostate surgery in 2007 and is standing down due to medical advice.

He has overseen a transformation of the club, particularly in the past season, with the appointment of John Bracewell and the commitment to develop young players. He feels he will be leaving the Shire in good health: "I believe firmly that we now have the structure in place to take Gloucestershire forward in the future, both on and off the field."

The outgoing chairman stated that he was a cricket person, but someone with a background in business was necessary to continue to drive the club forward alongside chief-executive, Tom Richardson. News that may concern many who feel it is precisely a cricketing person that is required in the top job in order to ground the Shire as a cricket club.

Light will continue in his role as chair of the Cotswold Cricket Association and still be involved with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.

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