Sam Billings handed Kent captaincy

Sam Billings has played 13 apiece of ODIs and T20Is for England
Sam Billings has played 13 apiece of ODIs and T20Is for England
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Kent have announced England international Sam Billings as the captain for the upcoming season.

The decision follows after Sam Northeast has decided not to commit a long-term deal with the club and is now considering a switch to a different side.

Northeast was appointed as the captain in 2015 after taking over from Rob Key and was associated with the club since 2007.

Billings, who has played 13 apiece of ODIs and T20Is for England is excited by the new role and is confident of a successful season ahead.

"I am incredibly proud and honoured to have been offered the Kent captaincy.

"It means a lot personally as I have been involved at Kent since I was eight years of age.

"We have a very talented group of players and I am really looking forward to working with all the players and the coaching staff to help take the club forward. It will be challenging but I am very excited by the opportunity."

Meanwhile, Kent chairman Graham Johnson expressed confidence on Billing's ability to inspire the team to success.

"With Sam Billings at the helm we have someone who shares the pride in our tradition and excitement about our ambitions.

"We are in discussion with a number of players who are keen to join Kent and we will be reinforcing the squad with a number of recruits before the season starts."

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