Middlesex have confirmed that England international Dawid Malan will lead the club across all the three formats.
Malan made his professional debut with South Africa based Boland team and joined Middlesex in 2006. He made his debut in the T20 format for Middlesex in 2006 and his List-A and First-Class debut came two years later.
His success in the shorter format saw him lead Middlesex in 2016 and now will take over the reins in the other two formats as well with Sam Robson being the deputy in the County Championship.
"In recent years Middlesex Cricket have looked at overseas players and new signings to captain the club but I now feel the time is right for players from within to take on major leadership roles. Since my return to Middlesex there have been a number of players who have developed from promising youngsters into high quality and highly respected figures in domestic cricket. No player has done this more than Dawid Malan and that is why I am delighted he has taken up the offer to be Club Captain.
“Dawid has always held the desire to captain teams and we have for some time believed he has had the potential to captain the club, hence his appointment as T20 captain in 2016," said Middlesex’s Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser.
"Along with the belief I have that he will become an excellent leader, Dawid stands out because he is somebody who we believe will do the job for several years.
“England commitments - and I hope Dawid continues to thrive as an international cricketer - may mean we do not see him for periods of the season but, in my mind, that should not stop the right man from holding the position he deserves to hold. In light of this Middlesex Cricket have made Sam Robson vice-captain in County Championship cricket.
"Sam is another player that has been developed by Middlesex and is a cricketer that is ready to take on further responsibility and new challenges. The pair of them will bring fresh ideas and energy to the County Championship cricket we play.
“England commitments could potentially take Dawid away from our Royal London One-Day Cup and T20 sides and if this takes place the club will react accordingly.
“At the same time as congratulating Dawid and Sam, on behalf of Middlesex Cricket, I would also like to thank James Franklin. Since joining the club in 2015 James has been an enormously important and valuable person at Middlesex.
"On numerous occasions, and often at short notice, he selflessly stepped in to fill a leadership hole. And as captain every decision he made was with the best interest of the team in mind.”
Malan made his England debut in the T20I format in June last year and his Test debut came a month later during the home Test against South Africa and since then has become an integral part of England's middle order that saw him score three fifties and a century in the recently concluded Ashes series.
“I am honoured to have been asked to captain Middlesex, following in the footsteps of many great players and captains. Middlesex Cricket has a proud and distinguished history and it is a privilege for me to be part of writing the next chapter," said Malan.
“As a squad, we are looking forward to the new season, determined to win back our position in Division One of the championship and to compete strongly in both one day competitions!
“We have a well-balanced squad with established internationals and promising youngsters and I am excited by the additional challenge of captaincy.”
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