England Men will wear black armbands today during their second Test match against the West Indies to pay their respects to former Lancashire Cricket Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE, who passed away in March at the age of 71.
Hodgkiss will be remembered today, on the first day of the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford, for his 22-year dedicated association on the Board at Lancashire Cricket, where he held the roles of Treasurer and Vice Chairman before being appointed Chairman in 2017.
Hodgkiss played a pivotal role in the £60 million regeneration of Emirates Old Trafford, which took 10 years to complete.
Daniel Gidney, Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, said: “We sincerely miss David every day, not just for his expertise and passion as the driving force behind Lancashire Cricket but also as the kind, sincere and charitable man he was.
“His vision for the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and the significant part he played in the process cannot be overstated. Without him, we simply would not be in a position to host these Test matches.
“No one would be prouder to see Lancashire Cricket playing a pivotal role in the return of Test cricket this summer and it will be a fitting tribute to see England’s players wearing a black armband in his memory today. I’d like to thank England Cricket’s Director of Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles, as well as Chris Silverwood and Joe Root for their support, as we all remember what a great man David was.”
Colin Graves, ECB Chairman, added: ‘’The contribution of David to cricket cannot be underestimated and his loss is keenly felt by us all.
“His long tenure, commitment and strategic support in the development of Emirates Old Trafford are all testament to his contribution.
“We are proud to see the England players today wear an armband in his honour. A fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to Lancashire.’’