Stewart Regan has expressed his surprise that Michael Vaughan has been left out of the initial England Ashes squad.
The Yorkshire chief executive voiced his shock following the announcement that Vaughan had not been chosen for the 16-man training squad for this summer's series or the England Lions team set to play a warm-up game.
"He's a fantastic cricketer, a great leader and obviously the last captain to win the Ashes for England," Regan told the Yorkshire Post.
"We all thought that leadership and that experience might have brought him into the reckoning for Andrew Strauss, to have him alongside him in the dressing room.
"Going into an Ashes campaign with the former England captain at your side is not a bad position to be in."
National selector Geoff Miller has insisted that players outside of the 16-man party would still be considered for the Ashes, but warned that this would be based on stand-out performances on the domestic circuit.
With 159 first-class runs compiled in six outings this season and a top score of just 43, Vaughan's chances of bouncing back seem slim.
However, Regan remained adamant that the decision to sideline a player of Vaughan's stature was the wrong one.
He said: "We thought Michael should have been brought in, if not for his performances on the field, for his leadership qualities."