Leicestershire have confirmed that former Yorkshire fast bowler Matthew Hoggard has signed a three-year contract to play at Grace Road and he will take over from Paul Nixon as captain.
Hoggard was released by Yorkshire earlier this year and it was understood that Sussex were also in the hunt to sign him but Leicestershire won the race and Hoggard joins recent signings Andrew McDonald, Will Jefferson and James Benning as the Foxes aim for promotion from the second division of the LV County Championship.
"I am delighted that Matthew has chosen Leicestershire over a number of other interested counties," LCCC Chief Executive David Smith told the club's homepage (www.leicestershireccc.co.uk).
"Matthew brings with him a wealth of experience having played for England on 67 occasions and having taking 248 Test match wickets. He will also take over the club captaincy and will be an ideal role model for all our young cricketers at the club."
Hoggard himself added: "I was flattered by the amount of interest and support shown towards me from all quarters, but Leicestershire really stood out in terms of offering something different and at this stage of my career it will provide the new challenge I want.
“I’ve always wanted to test myself and I feel I still have a huge amount to offer the game. Working with Tim Boon, I hope we can take Leicestershire onwards and upwards."
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