Lancashire chairman David Hodgkiss passes away after contracting coronavirus
David Hodgkiss was appointed as the chairman of the club back in 2017.
Published - Mar 31, 2020 3:59 pm | Updated - Mar 31, 2020 3:59 pm
Coronavirus has already taken thousands of lives across the globe. Now, there is a new addition to it as Lancashire Cricket Club chairman, David Hodgkiss has passed away due to the novel virus. As per the reports he was also struggling with some other health issues since long.
David Hodgkiss, the 71-year-old was working at Old Trafford from last 22 years. He joined back in 1998 and worked as treasurer as well as vice-chairman of the cricket club. In 2017, he was appointed as the chairman of the club as a replacement of charge from Michael Cairns.
He was much loved by everyone, says Club in the statement
Lancashire Cricket Club shared their grief over the demise of such a great personality. LCC, in its statement, said that David served the club with the best of his abilities on different posts in his 22-year long tenure. He was one of the most respected personalities in the club and across the cricket world. An official statement will be released soon but this is the time to give some privacy to his family, who are going through a torrid time.
“Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE. David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman.
“He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world. Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy,” the statement read according to Lancashire’s official website.
ECB chairman Colin Graves was also dejected over the demise of David Hodgkiss. And, he said that David was a vital part of LCC, who was always curious to develop sports across the country. He is one of the main reasons due to which cricket could prosper Emirates Old Trafford.
“David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county. He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication,” ECB chairman said.