Middlesex CCC are pleased to announce that the Club's captaincy arrangements for the 2013 season will remain the same as those in place at the end of the 2012 season.
In April 2012 Club Captain, Neil Dexter, asked to stand down as captain of Middlesex's LV=CC side so that he could concentrate on his own game, which had understandably been affected by the tragic death of his brother, Keith, during the winter of 2011/2012. Dexter was given the option to return to the position of captain when he and the Cricket Management Team felt the timing was right. Dexter returned to form in the second half of the season, which was wonderful to see, but the question of him returning to captain the LV=CC side did not materialise.
In consequence Chris Rogers was invited to do the job, which he accepted, and guided Middlesex to 3rd place in LV=CC Division One, its highest County Championship placing since we came second in 1995.
In response to Rogers' performance and that of the team in 2012, along with the desire of Neil Dexter and Middlesex's Cricket Management Team, Middlesex offered him the opportunity to captain the club in LV=CC cricket for the 2013 season. Rogers was happy to accept the offer and will captain the team in all first-class cricket in 2013.
Dexter will continue to hold the position of 'Middlesex CCC Club Captain' and will captain the Club in CB40, where we finished 2nd in our group for the second year in a row, and T20 cricket.
Commenting on Middlesex's Captaincy arrangements Middlesex County Cricket Club's Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, said:
"Overall 2012 was a pretty good year for the club. In two competitions - LV=CC and CB40 - we continued to make healthy progress, which was extremely satisfying. A lot of credit for this must go to the two captains we used. Each possess outstanding qualities. It therefore felt right to leave the arrangements as they were for 2013 and both Neil and Chris were happy with this being the case.
"The challenge for Neil and Chris, indeed everyone at Middlesex, is to build on what we have achieved in the past two seasons. We still have a long way to go to become the side I believe we can be and having coped admirably last season in Division One the coming season is a big season for us. We cannot afford to sit back and think we have cracked it, we need to push on to become a real title threat in all forms of the game. I believe the captaincy arrangements we have put in place give Middlesex the best chance of achieving this."
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