Yorkshire’s coaching reshuffle has claimed its first victim in former England all-rounder Craig White.
He was one of five members of staff who were invited to apply for four new roles, but has decided against it as he does not have the level four coaching certificate which was stipulated in the job advertisement.
After a spell as second team coach White, 41, spent the last two seasons as right-hand man to Martyn Moxon, who will continue in his role as director of professional cricket.
White first played for Yorkshire in 1990 and went on to captain the side before retiring as a player in 2007. He has now indicated an ambition to qualify for the first-class umpires’ list, with a view to making the international panel in time.
White, who played 30 Tests and 51 one-day internationals for England, told the Yorkshire Post: “I want to aim as high as I can. It will be hard work and there’s no guarantee I’ll make it to international level, but I’m determined to give it a crack.
“I’ve always been interested in umpiring and I hope might be able to umpire a few second-team games next summer.”
On his decision to leave Yorkshire, he said: “It was my choice completely not to reapply for the job and I am leaving on friendly terms.
“As much as I love working with the players and the cricketing aspects, there are some parts of coaching I don’t enjoy. There’s a lot of coaching badges you’ve got to do nowadays, and I hate sitting down and doing that sort of thing.”
The Yorkshire coaching staff is being restructured in the wake of the team’s relegation from the top tier of the County Championship.
White, Kevin Sharp, Steve Oldham, John Blain and Ian Dews were all invited to reapply for their jobs in the knowledge that at least one of them would have to leave. External applicants were also invited to fill the four positions.
White turned down the opportunity to join Warwickshire as their bowling coach two winters ago, opting to remain at Headingley.
Meanwhile, Gary Ballance has been in the runs in his native land of Zimbabwe. He recently hit his maiden first-class double century, then scored 83 and 128 while captaining Mid West Rhinos against Mashonaland Eagles. That took him past 2,000 career first-class runs and he followed up with exactly 100 to help his side recover from 26 for four against the Mountaineers in a Castle Logan Cup four-day game.