Sussex are restructuring their coaching set-up for 2012 which will see Mark Davis and Carl Hopkinson effectively swap roles.
Hopkinson, who retired from playing in 2009 to join the coaching staff at Hove, will take over from Davis in terms of running the Second XI while Davis, who is effectively cricket manager Mark Robinson’s No.2, will work alongside him with the first team.
There will still be some inter-changing of roles as the Sussex coaching hierarchy keep an eye on all aspects of their professional cricket set-up and Hopkinson’s key input remains in making an already good fielding unit even better.
Robinson said: “We felt it was important to have a change for the new season and we feel everyone will benefit from this.
“One thing we are keen to continue is that all our coaches spend time in different areas so we all have a good understanding of the coaching pathway.
“This includes our Academy Director Keith Greenfield who will spend time with me and Carl during the summer.”
Sussex head to the Caribbean this weekend as England’s representatives in the inter-island T20 tournament which also includes Canada and Holland.
Several big names including Matt Prior, Luke Wright, Ed Joyce and Monty Panesar are missing but skipper Mike Yardy will lead a squad who regard the tournament as invaluable, especially those youngsters with limited experience of Twenty20 cricket in England.
The Sharks play their first game against Jamaica in Antigua on Thursday January 12.