DICKIE Bird has described being elected as Yorkshire Cricket Club's new president as the 'pinnacle of his life'.

The Barnsley-born umpire will take over from Geoffrey Boycott from March 29.

The 80-year-old played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire from 1956 to 1964, scoring 3,314 runs in 94 matches.

He went on to umpire 66 Test matches before retiring in 1996.

Bird told the club's website: "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would become the president of the greatest cricket club in the world.

"It is a tremendous honour and I am very humble and proud. I am grateful to chairman Colin Graves and the board for nominating me and I'm looking forward to my term in office."