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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2007, 15:37 GMT
Richards set for Hants presidency
Barry Richards
I would be happy to fulfil any role that fits in with the needs of the club

Barry Richards
Former South Africa batting star Barry Richards is set to become Hampshire president at a meeting of the club's members in April.

Richards is the only nominee for the post, left vacant by the death of Colin Ingeleby-MacKenzie almost a year ago, and will serve for two years.

He played for the club from 1968-1978, forming a prolific opening partnership with West Indian Gordon Greenidge.

"I am very flattered to have been asked," the 61-year-old said.

Chairman Rod Bransgrove described Richards as "one of the great legends of Hampshire cricket" and said he had taken a keen interest in the club's development.

"He will undoubtedly inspire and motivate us all whilst providing experience and thoughtful advice," Bransgrove added.

Richards only played four Test matches because of South Africa's 20-year isolation from international sport, but scored 508 runs at an average of 72 in his sole series against Australia in 1970.

In his first-class career, he made more than 28,000 runs, including 80 Centuries, and helped Hampshire win the County Championship in 1973 and two Sunday League titles.

He now lives in Australia but plans to visit the Rose Bowl as often as possible during his term of office.



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