All-rounder Dominic Cork will captain Hampshire this season after the club revealed that Dimitri Mascarenhas is unlikely to be available for the start of the new season.
Cork stood in and captained the side to the Friends Provident t20 title in 2010 following injuries to Mascarenhas and Nic Pothas and following him signing a one-year contract to stay at The Rose Bowl, he has now been appointed as club captain.
"It’s a great honour to be asked to captain Hampshire in what should be one of the most exciting years in the club’s history," Cork said.
"As well as aiming to defend the Friends Provident t20 trophy and challenging to win both the LV=County Championship and the Clydesdale Bank 40 competitions, Test match cricket will be coming to The Rose Bowl for the first time ever and the ground is undergoing some exciting changes.
"Now I’m just looking forward to starting the season against Durham at The Rose Bowl on the 8th April."
Mascarenhas continues his recovery from an Achilles injury he picked up last year.
Meanwhile, Hampshire have confirmed they will be undertaking a three-week pre-season tour of the West Indies, where they will play a Twenty20 tournament against Essex, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Barbados and they will also play a 40-over match against Essex.
"All of our players have been training hard throughout the winter and this trip will be a good opportunity for the squad to have the best possible preparation ahead of the upcoming season.
"Having played so well in the recent Caribbean T20, we know the conditions and are looking forward to another opportunity to play competitive cricket. Hopefully, we’ll take some good results and some confidence from this trip into the first match of the season on the 8th April against Durham at The Rose Bowl."
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