Lancashire County Cricket Club's (LCCC) board will propose the appointment of Sir Howard Bernstein as its new president at the next annual meeting.

The board unanimously nominated Sir Howard, the chief executive of Manchester City Council, for the position, which has a two-year term.

Michael Cairns, chairman of LCCC, said: “We are delighted that Sir Howard has accepted our nomination. He has made such a massive contribution through his presence and leadership toward the development of Manchester city region’s world-class reputation. His role can make a great contribution to the further growth and prosperity of LCCC.”

Sir Howard Bernstein said: "Becoming the president of Lancashire County Cricket Club, whose fortunes I have followed closely since my school days, would be a great honour. The first match I saw at Old Trafford was a Test Match against the West Indies when Garry Sobers and Rohan Kanhai slogged England all over the ground. I was lucky enough to go on to witness the era of Clive Lloyd, Harry Pilling, Frank Hayes and Peter Lever, and in more than 40 years following Lancashire there have been some tremendous teams.

"I hope to play a part in building on the excellent work done by the club's leadership in recent years by continuing to develop facilities for the Club and wider community."

The LCCC president’s post has been held since 2010 by Jack Livingstone, following the death of serving president Lord Steinberg in 2009.

Lancashire County Cricket Club’s AGM will be held at Emirates Old Trafford on April 30.