Lancashire Cricket chairman David Hodgkiss has died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus.
Hodgkiss, who is thought to have had underlying health conditions, served as a member of the Lancashire Cricket board for more than 20 years.
A statement from the club read: “Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its chairman; David Hodgkiss OBE.
“David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice chairman and latterly chairman. He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world.
“Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family. A further statement will be released in due course but at this time we ask that everybody respects the family’s privacy.”
Although the club statement does not mention a cause of death, a club spokesperson confirmed to the PA news agency that the death was “coronavirus-related.”
Commenting on Hodgkiss’ passing, ECB chairman Colin Graves said: “David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county.
“He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication.
“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time.”