Worcestershire have rewarded Daryl Mitchell for leading them to County Championship promotion by confirming his appointment as captain for next season.
Opening batsman Mitchell was thrust into the captaincy role just five weeks ago when Vikram Solanki stepped down to concentrate on his batting and helped inspire an end-of-season surge that saw Worcestershire pip Glamorgan to the second promotion place.
Worcestershire won seven out of nine matches in all cricket with Mitchell in charge, with their only defeat in the final Clydesdale Bank 40 group match against Lancashire at Liverpool.
“It’s been a good start for Daryl, but it’s all downhill for him now! How does he keep that up?” quipped Worcestershire’s director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
“He’s a tough cookie and I’m sure he will be determined to make a success of it. What we all have to realise now is what success in Division One is for us. At this stage we will be happy to consolidate a first division place and build on that for future years.”
Rhodes also had sympathy for Solanki, who stepped down after five years in charge at New Road. “It was sad for Vikram in the way things ended,” Rhodes said.
“He’s a loyal servant of the club but I do think that not getting any runs at that time was affecting the way he was thinking. He wouldn’t admit that because he is a very proud person. But we have to think of the club and it wasn’t a rash decision from Vikram.
“He had originally come to me and talked about the possibility of moving on but he wanted to give it another go. He said he would give it another go and he did.
“With Daryl taking over it’s a fresh challenge. Any captain has a life span that lasts so long. Daryl has managed to get a tune out of the boys which must hurt Vikram, I’m sure it does.
“But I’m also pretty sure he’s delighted for the boys as well. You don’t think selfishly at Worcestershire, it’s about the team.”