Outgoing Leicestershire wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has tipped Ned Eckersley for a bright future in the game.
Nixon will bring the curtain down on his county career at the Champions League which gets underway in India next week after he helped Leicestershire win the Friends Life t20 three weeks ago.
Leicestershire have yet to decide who will replace Nixon on a permanent basis having released Tom New with a year remaining on his contract and given former Kent wicketkeeper Paul Dixey a brief trial last month.
Eckersley, 22, a former MCC Young Cricketer, ended the season behind the stumps and made a favourable impression both as a keeper and batsman in an otherwise wretched County Championship campaign for the wooden spoonists.
“When I saw Ned I thought the club should sign him there and then,” Nixon said. “He is a very exciting player with a lot of natural ability. He is a bright young man and I would say he is one of the most exciting batsmen-wicketkeepers in the country. Ned has a real sense of maturity, too. He is only going to get better.”
Leicestershire will be involved in the Champions League qualifying tournament in Hyderabad next week, aiming to become one of three teams to progress to the Champions League proper. Leicestershire will only win prize money if they progress to the main event.