Matthews appointed to join Leicestershire board

Leicestershire have co-opted former county seamer Robin Matthews onto their board of directors.

Matthews, 67, a playing contemporary of Leicestershire chairman Paul Haywood, played 25 first-class and nine one-day matches for Leicestershire between 1971 and 1973. He took a career-best  seven for 51 in a defeat by Sussex at Hove in August 1972.

“Having supported the county club for so long, I am delighted to have been asked to join its Board,” Matthews said.

“I look forward to being able to make a positive contribution to the actions already in place to return Leicestershire CCC to a highly successful and respected cricket club both on and off the pitch.”

Matthews will add some much-needed first-class experience to Leicestershire’s board. Since former Warwickshire batsman David Smith resigned as chief executive last June, Haywood has been the only former county player in the Grace Road boardroom.

“I am pleased Robin has agreed to be co-opted on to the board and his commercial and cricket background will strengthen the board as we strive to move the club forward to a profitable and successful future,” Haywood said.

Matthews’ appointment now completes the Board line up which includes chairman Haywood, former Leicester rugby player and administrator John Allen, Roy Bent, Philip Bland, Shahid Sheikh, Andrew York and chief executive Mike Siddall.

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