Thatscricket - News - Yorkshire greats against John Major opening stand
Published: Friday, August 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Yorkshire greats against John Major opening standLondon: A plan to have former Prime Minister John Major open the new stand at Yorkshire's Headingly ground has provoked a storm of protest from former county greats.Legends such as Fred Trueman, Geoffrey Boycott and Ray Illingworth have said they will snub the opening because they say the honour should go not to Major, who is the president of rivals Surrey, but to a local.Boycott told the 'Yorkshire Post', "They should ask the members who they want - John Major or the Yorkshire greats. After all the club is supposed to be for members."We're not going because it is insulting. If it had been the Queen or our club president or a current Prime Minister then that would have been different. But not a former Prime Minister who is president of Surrey."Trueman said, "John Major is a personal friend of mine. But would Surrey ask the Yorkshire president to open a stand at the Oval?"Yorkshire chief executive Chris Hassell told the paper, "I am puzzled why this has come up now since John Major's name was announced about the time of the annual meeting."The stand is to be opened on August 15, the day before the Headingley Test against Australia.