YORKSHIRE Cricket Club’s president Dickie Bird believes bright times are around the corner for the White Rose county and has backed them to lift at least one trophy this season.
Speaking to The Yorkshire Post before heading down to Taunton to watch Yorkshire’s opening County Championship game against Somerset, the former international umpire is excited by the talent within head coach Jason Gillespie’s squad.
“I’ve seen the ups and I’ve seen the downs over the years,” said Bird. “But when I look round at this squad that Yorkshire have got and I see so many outstanding young players, it gives me a lot of pleasure to watch them play.
“And I honestly think we’ll win the County Championship this season.”
Bird’s only concern for Yorkshire’s season is the fact they will almost certainly have to deal with the loss at times of key players due to England duty, with the likes of Joe Root, Jonny Basirstow, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan likelt to be called up at some point during the summer. But he beleives they have the strength in depth to cope.
“We’re going to lose youngsters to England,” added Bird. “But, of course, you can’t stop youngsters playing for their country.
“But looking at that squad, it’s such a magnificent squad and I think we’ll win the championship and maybe one or two one-day trophies as well.”