Derbyshire wicket-keeper James Pipe is to retire from the first-class game but he will be staying at The County Ground as he is to take up the post of first team physiotherapist from next season.
Having completed a degree in physiotherapy at Salford University, he will replace David Beakley, who is departing to take up a role with Cricket Australia.
Pipe has recently completed 50 first-class matches for Derbyshire and has hit three centuries for the East Midlands county and has picked up 142 catches and 14 stumpings.
“It is great for us to have such an excellent team man remaining involved in the first team and the club at the end of his playing career," Head of Cricket John Morris commented.
“James has been training and working towards his Physiotherapy Degree for several years and this is a great opportunity for him to further his career in that area.”
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