Sussex County Cricket Club have announced that former Sussex and England wicketkeeper-batsman Jim Parks has been nominated by the Board to become Club President for 2013. The proposal will go to the AGM on Wednesday 27th March.
Parks, who was born in Haywards Heath and went on to play 739 first-class matches including 46 Tests for England, scored over 36,000 runs in his career.
He followed in his father Jim’s footsteps, who played for Sussex between the wars.
Jim first played for the County in 1949 and captained the side for five years before his departure to Somerset in 1972.
He later worked as the Marketing Manager at Hove in the 1990s and served as Club President from 2003 to 2005.
Jim Parks said of his appointment: “I feel very honoured to be invited to be President for the coming year, and look forward to what I hope will be a most successful season for the team.”
Sussex Chairman Jim May said: “Bryan Bedson has been an outstanding President for the past five years and has helped us improve the way Sussex is run.
“2013 is a very important year for us with a Testimonial granted to the two Sussex Cricket charities. It will also mark the 50th anniversary of Sussex’s triumph in the inaugural Gillette Cup Final over Worcestershire, in which Jim Parks starred with the bat. We also have the Australians playing us in July at Hove and Jim is well respected by the Aussies.
“Jim Parks is an iconic Sussex cricketer and we are delighted that he has agreed to be nominated as President for us in 2013.”