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New Yorkshire chair Lord Kamlesh Patel stepped forward with a powerful entry into the club

RICHARD GIBSON: His voice cracked with excitement at times, but Lord Kamlesh Patel came forward with a powerful tackle while promising a better future for everyone in Yorkshire.

  • Lord Kamlesh Patel grew up a dozen miles down the road in Bradford.
  • Press conference while the new Yorkshire chair took place in the Headingley East Stand
  • Patel vowed to dedicate himself to providing a better future for everyone at a cricket club.
  • He recalled his own experiences when he was young, having moved from Kenya at the age of one.


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I want to find the next Joe Root, the next Virat Kohli, the next Babar Azam. This is your home, as is my home. In the next few years, I am saying that the door will be wide open. Come and live your dreams here. ‘

As the entries progress, this was a pretty powerful one from Lord Kamlesh Patel, who grew up a dozen miles down the road in Bradford.

The press conference was held in Headingley’s East Stand, the walls of which house the Yorkshire Cricket Museum and are adorned with images of past and present players.

As the entries progress, this was quite a mighty one from the new Yorkshire Lord Kamlesh Patel chair

As the entries progress, this was quite a mighty one from the new Yorkshire Lord Kamlesh Patel chair

The press conference was held in Headingley's East Stand, the walls of which house the Yorkshire Cricket Museum.

The press conference was held in Headingley's East Stand, the walls of which house the Yorkshire Cricket Museum.

The press conference was held in Headingley’s East Stand, the walls of which house the Yorkshire Cricket Museum.

In the center of the screen is Captain Michael Vaughan, winner of Ashes, who “completely and categorically denies” the racist comment he is accused of making in the Azeem Rafiq report.

Joining him is Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain. The great Indian Sachin Tendulkar, Yorkshire’s first foreign player, takes aim at both of them with his bat. To the left of four panels, Adil Rashid displays a broken leg flanked by Brian Close and Sir Geoffrey Boycott. Some all-time greats. Some quite diverse origins.

Through the thick Yorkshire accent of which he is openly proud, Patel pledged to dedicate himself to providing a better future for all at a cricket club that he says will once again be considered the best in the world.

Patel vowed to dedicate himself to providing a better future for everyone at a cricket club following Azeem Rafiq's report (above).

Patel vowed to dedicate himself to providing a better future for everyone at a cricket club following Azeem Rafiq's report (above).

Patel vowed to dedicate himself to providing a better future for everyone at a cricket club following Azeem Rafiq’s report (above).

There were times when his voice cracked with emotion, even as he recalled his own experiences as a young man, having moved from Kenya at the age of one.

He became a fast runner, he said, by evading skinheads with the intention of “attacking the P ** i.” It was cricket that saved him. When he was appointed captain of the school, the harassment stopped.

Now, he wants to save the county from its biggest crisis. He is a loving and connected man, as one would expect from someone with a stellar career in pioneering social work. On Monday, it was hard to miss his message that the Yorkshire of the years to come will be one for all people.

Patel recalled his own experiences as a young man, having moved from Kenya at the age of one.

Patel recalled his own experiences as a young man, having moved from Kenya at the age of one.

Patel recalled his own experiences as a young man, having moved from Kenya at the age of one.

The ECB’s Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) has opened its call for tests to examine discrimination and inequity in cricket.

The ICEC will deal with lived experiences, with the window that opens today and closes on December 21, and the written test, which will begin next month.

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