Former England all-rounder Craig White has joined Hampshire’s coaching set-up.
The 42-year-old, who played 30 Test matches and 51 one-day internationals for England, ended a 21-year association with Yorkshire in October of last year.
As the Headingley outfit restructured their coaching set-up, White was asked to reapply for his own post as first-team coach.
But instead he chose to follow a career in umpiring after becoming disillusioned with parts of coaching.
But the role at Hampshire has tempted him back into working with players.
And he is now looking forward to the new challenge ahead of him.
He said: ‘This is a very exciting new challenge for me.
‘I’ve been at Yorkshire for 22 years but I now feel it would be interesting to see how things are at a new county.
‘I’ve always admired the way things are done at Hampshire – it seems a very focused but relaxed place, so it should be exactly my kind of atmosphere.
‘They’ve got some great young cricketers there, so I’m looking forward to working with them.’
White scored more than 20,000 runs and took more than 700 wickets across all domestic competitions in a career that stretched until 2008.
Hampshire first-team manager, Giles White, said: ‘The players and staff are excited about this appointment.
‘We all look forward to working with Craig and tapping into his experience.
‘We are delighted to have him at Hampshire.’