Lancashire were continuing their preparations for the defence of the County Championship in Cambridge over the Easter weekend with the club also stepping up the process of appointing a new chief executive.
Jim Cumbes has already deferred his retirement twice to steer the long-running redevelopment of Old Trafford towards completion, and Lancashire announced earlier this year that he will now work beyond his 68th birthday in May.
But they have also appointed the leading sports recruitment specialists Nolan Partners, who have previously assisted the Football Association and many other clubs and governing bodies to make senior appointments – and now have “Chief Executive – Lancashire County Cricket Club” listed among the senior positions on their website.
“We have brought in headhunters, but we’re very early in the process,” a club official confirmed to The Cricketer. “There is no time scale for Jim’s departure, it’s the same situation we outlined earlier in the year.”
Cumbes, a former Lancashire seamer who was born in Didsbury and went on to play for three other first-class counties as well as three Football League clubs as a goalkeeper, has been the chief executive at Old Trafford since succeeding John Bower in 1998.