Wednesday 28 March 2007 

Former England Star Named As Sussex President

Ted Dexter has been elected as Sussex's new president.

The 71-year-old will take over from Robin Marlar.

Dexter said: ``I am aware following Robin Marlar's highly successful presidency, it is a hard act to follow. But if a lasting love affair with Sussex County Cricket Club counts for anything I will at least have a sound platform to build on.''

Sussex have revleaed they may have to quit Hove due to their frustration in trying to develop the County Ground. The reigning county champions have been based at the venue for 167 years but have been unable to obtain the approval they want for redevelopment.

After posting a loss of £389,466 last year, the club see rebuilding as vital for their long-term stability. Their application for work at the southern end of the ground will be considered by Brighton and Hove Council's planning committee next

Wednesday but planners have already recommended they be rejected. Chairman David Green told The Argus: ``What we have achieved on the playing side is fantastic when you compare our resources to other counties.
``But our success actually increased cricket costs. Other clubs are showing an interest in our players and coaching staff and we are finding it increasingly difficult to retain and attract good players. That is why we need to develop the ground to improve the revenue streams.
``To give serious consideration to our plans for the south end of the ground, including flats and offices, the planners asked us to withdraw our huge existing permission for development at the north end which has been in place for a number of years.
``They also told us we would be unlikely to get permission to develop the other sides of the ground. That leaves us nowhere to economically redevelop the ground if we can't go ahead with the current scheme.
``If that is the case, we have to seriously consider looking for an alternative site elsewhere in the county.''