Botham to take up Durham chairmanship

Botham, who scored 5,200 runs and claimed 383 wickets during his illustrious Test career, has agreed to serve as chairman on his return from England's tour of India, which he is covering in his role as a broadcaster for Sky Sports.

Ian Botham - cropped

Former England all-rounder Ian Botham is set to serve as the chairman of his former club Durham.

England cricketing great Ian Botham is set to take up the position of chairman at Durham, as his former club aims to bounce back from hefty sanctions.

Durham will begin the 2017 county season with points penalties in all three domestic competitions, having also been relegated to Division Two in the County Championship and stripped of its status as a host venue for Tests by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The penalties came as part of a controversial agreement that saw the ECB provide significant financial assistance to the cash-strapped club.

Botham, who scored 5,200 runs and claimed 383 wickets during his illustrious Test career, has agreed to serve as chairman on his return from England's tour of India, which he is covering in his role as a broadcaster for Sky Sports.

"I am very privileged to be invited to accept the role of chairman at Durham County Cricket Club but it is important that we all recognise the size of the task ahead," said the 60-year-old.

"I was fortunate enough to play for the club during its first professional season and have always taken a keen interest in the club's fortunes and many successes.

"We will work closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Durham County Council in the months ahead as we develop a plan to ensure continued success for this great club."