Geoff Miller OBE to become Derbyshire County Cricket Club club president

National team selector Geoff Miller during the International Friendly match at the County Ground, Derby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2011. See PA Story: CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.
National team selector Geoff Miller during the International Friendly match at the County Ground, Derby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 19, 2011. See PA Story: CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire.

Derbyshire have confirmed that Geoff Miller OBE is to be voted as the club’s president after their AGM.

The supervisory board unanimously supported the nomination of the former national selector for Derbyshire Captain and England & Wales Cricket Board for the position.

Miller, who was born in Chesterfield, played 254 first-class matches for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1990 and was an integral member of the 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side.

The all-rounder took 888 wickets and scored 12,027 runs, including two centuries, in 283 career first-class matches.

Miller’s form in county cricket earned him an international call-up where he claimed 60 wickets and scored 1,213 runs in 34 Tests for England.

He went on to enjoy great success as ECB national selector, overseeing England’s rise to number one in both the Test and 50-over formats.

Miller said: “I am grateful to chairman Chris Grant and the supervisory board for nominating me and I’m looking forward to my term in office. It is an honour, a privilege and a pleasure to be able to serve the county in this way.”

Miller succeeds the outgoing president Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Willie Tucker.

Chairman Chris Grant commenting on the presidency said: “Willie was the first president to serve his term as part of the new governance structure. We are very grateful for his support in spreading the message across the county about the progress we are making as a club.

“Geoff is the ideal person to take over the reins at a time when we are implementing our Elite Performance model.

“With his vast experience inside the ECB, he is uniquely placed to offer advice when called upon in our quest to produce a future England player.”