Tuesday 23 January 2007 

Katich Takes Over As Derbyshire Skipper

Simon Katich is to succeed Graeme Welch as captain of Derbyshire for the 2007 season.

Welch has decided to step down after one season in charge to focus on his own performance, with Katich taking over following discussions with director of cricket David Houghton.

Katich said: ``I have been fortunate to play under some great captains and have led New South Wales so I intend to bring all that experience to Derbyshire and carry on the progress the club made under Graeme.''
Houghton explained: ``Graeme was an outstanding captain on and off the field for us last year but in Simon we had a natural alternative and proven leader.''