Live updates

Botham set to be new chairman of Durham cricket

Former England cricket superstar, Sir Ian Botham, looks set to become the next chairman of Durham County Cricket Club.

Sir Ian Botham. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images

Following a meeting on Thursday morning, Durham County Cricket Club announced its intention to appoint Sir Ian Botham as the club’s new chairman.

Sir Ian has also confirmed his intention to take up this position on his return from India, where he's due to commentate for a TV sport channel.

The former all-rounder, voted the greatest England cricketer of the 20th century, played 218 times at international level.

He played for Durham’s maiden first-class side in 1992, scoring a century on debut, and ended his distinguished career playing for the county against a touring Australian side one year later.

"I am very privileged to be invited to accept the role of Chairman at Durham County Cricket Club but it is important that we all recognise the size of the task ahead. I was fortunate enough to play for the club during its first professional season and have always taken a keen interest in the club’s fortunes and many successes. As someone who lives locally it is an honour to have the opportunity to contribute to the club’s future, to look forward and to continue to produce the talent that will serve both the county and England well in the years ahead. We will work closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Durham County Council in the months ahead as we develop a plan to ensure continued success for this great club.”

– Sir Ian Botham

The announcement comes just weeks after Durham was relegated from the First Division of the County Championship, as punishment for running up debts of £7.5m.

Sir Ian Botham opens new medical centre in Darlington

The former England and Durham cricketer Sir Ian 'Beefy' Botham has officially opened a new centre for medical research into cancer and diabetes in Darlington.

Sir Ian Botham described the new unit as a "fantastic asset" Credit: ITV

He cut the ribbon on a new Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Sir Ian Botham in Darlington Credit: ITV

The £285,000 unit is one of the biggest in the North East of England.

Sir Ian Botham cuts the ribbon Credit: ITV

Advertisement

Sir Ian Botham to open new research centre on Teesside

The former England and Durham cricketer Sir Ian Botham will officially open a new centre for medical research into cancer and diabetes in Darlington.

Sir Ian Botham described the new unit as a "fantastic asset" for Teesside Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

The sportsman, known as 'Beefy', will cut the ribbon on a new Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation at Darlington Memorial Hospital. The £285,000 unit is one of the biggest in the North East of England. It has been funded by research already being undertaken by the NHS Trust.