Brooks to continue in Suffolk role
KEVIN Brooks is to carry on as Suffolk director of cricket after a meeting with the county's cricket board, writes Elvin King.The former first class player, who has brought success and professionalism to Suffolk over the previous 10 seasons, will be remunerated for the first time.
By Elvin King
KEVIN Brooks is to carry on as Suffolk director of cricket after a meeting with the county's cricket board, writes Elvin King.
The former first class player, who has brought success and professionalism to Suffolk over the previous 10 seasons, will be remunerated for the first time. His position was put in considerable doubt when overlooked for the lucrative Suffolk cricket development manager's job in the spring.
“I was unhappy at the way the matter was dealt with and could easily have walked away,” said Brooks.
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“I am pleased to have reached an amicable agreement with the Suffolk board. I received tremendous support from all the players as well as from members, and it is largely the result of this support that has led to me accepting the board's offer.
“I am already looking forward to next season, and my first task must be to try and find a new main sponsor. This is never easy, but our recent success should help the cause.”
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Brooks' role has expanded over the last decade and this is reflected in the fact that his position no longer carries an honorary tag.
Suffolk's efforts in Minor Counties cricket - and the way they go about things - has become the envy of most, with a string of players having the opportunity to progress into the first-class game. Brooks stressed that he feels no animosity towards Michael Kay, who was given the development manager's job. He said: “Michael has been a breath of fresh air and Suffolk will benefit from his involvement and hard work.”
County skipper Phil Caley said: “This is great news for Suffolk cricket. I have had a good rapport with Kevin over the last 10 years and we very rarely disagree. He is my eyes and ears in Suffolk and it would have left a big void if he had left.”
Suffolk board chairman Norman Atkins said: “Kevin's disappointment at not being appointed cricket development manager has been well documented. The board is delighted that any differences of opinion with Kevin have been resolved and that he has agreed to continue as director of cricket for next season.
“Suffolk's recent success in winning the Eastern Division of the Minor Counties in 2005 and finishing runners-up in 2006 owes much to Kevin's influence in building a team and a professional structure that is the envy of most other Minor Counties.”
Chris Schofield is expected to sign a one-year deal with Surrey after his efforts for Suffolk last season. The ex-Test spinner is likely to be signed on a dual role with Suffolk and be available when not needed by Surrey.