Warwickshire have confirmed that Ian Westwood has stood down as club captain, citing a loss of form, following a two-year spell in the job.
“Since I was a youngster it was my ambition to lead Warwickshire County Cricket Club onto the field as Club Captain," he told the club's official website (www.edgbaston.com).
"To achieve this at the start of the 2009 season was a dream come true for me. However I feel my own performances have suffered at times during my period as skipper and I have reluctantly decided to stand down from the role.
"It has been a real pleasure to work closely with our Director of Cricket, Ashley Giles. As a team we have made some real strides forward over the last two seasons and I am looking forward to remaining part of this exciting, talented squad for many years to come.”
Giles added: “Ian has made some major sacrifices whilst taking on this role and he has learnt a great deal about leadership as well as his own game. It has been a real pleasure working closely with him and we want to place on record our thanks and appreciation for everything he has given to Warwickshire during this period.
"I feel sure that in removing the pressures of captaincy from his shoulders we will benefit by seeing the best of him as a batsman in the future."
No decision has yet been taken on his successor.
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