Monday 13 October 2008 

Chapple To Captain Lancashire As Law Released

Glen Chapple will captain Lancashire in the 2009 season after the county decided not to offer Stuart Law a new contract.

Law, 40, joined Lancashire as an overseas player in 2002 and has scored almost 12,000 runs for Lancashire.

"Stuart has been a top class player and has served us superbly in the time he has been here, but the club is committed to giving younger members of the squad the opportunity to grow and the Cricket Committee felt the time was right for other players to take on added responsibilities," Lancashire Chief Executive Jim Cumbes said.

"Although not a determining factor, any player’s allegiance to the ICL (Indian Cricket League) does make it difficult for English counties, simply because the ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) are tightening regulations on unauthorised competitions, as are the ICC (International Cricket Council)," he added.

"Stuart was one of my very first signings when I took over as Cricket Manager, and has always given tremendous service to the club," Cricket Manager Mike Watkinson said.

"He is a quality player who takes great pride in passing on his knowledge to anyone who needs a helping hand. He is highly-respected in the dressing room and popular with both Members and Supporters. We wish him and his family all the best for the future."

Chapple, Lancashire's longest serving player having made his first-class debut in 1992, was delighted with the promotion to captain.

"I’m absolutely delighted and very proud to be named as captain of Lancashire. It’s a privilege to play for such a big county, and an even bigger honour to be captaining the club I’ve been involved with for the past 18 years.

"I’m a product of the Lancashire system, and I look forward to leading a very talented squad of players to future success."

"'Chappie' continues to be a leading player for Lancashire and has excellent credentials to take the squad forward in 2009," Watkinson said.

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