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Warwickshire CCC Appoint Rhodes as New Club Captain

Warwickshire CCC Appoint Rhodes as New Club Captain
Warwickshire CCC Appoint Rhodes as New Club Captain

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has confirmed the appointment of Will Rhodes as the new men’s team Club Captain to take over from Jeetan Patel who led the Bears across the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Twenty-four-year-old all-rounder Rhodes will Captain Warwickshire across the County Championship and Royal London Cup, with Dom Sibley continuing as Vice Captain.

Paul Farbrace, Sport Director at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Despite being only 24, Will has quickly become recognised as a senior member of the dressing room and he has demonstrated excellent leadership qualities that have impressed the cricket management team.

“By appointing Will captain for 2020, he can benefit from the wealth of experience that Jeetan offers as a former captain and player who, alongside Ian Bell and Tim Ambrose, knows what it takes to win trophies over a sustained period of time with Warwickshire.”

Rhodes joined the Bears ahead of the 2018 season and has established himself across all formats, particularly in the County Championship where he has formed the most productive opening partnership in the country alongside England Test batsman Dom Sibley.

Will Rhodes said: “I’ve been very proud to wear the Bear and Ragged staff since joining Warwickshire and it’s a real honour for me to step forward to lead this squad into the 2020 season.

“With so many young players in the ranks, it’s an exciting time for everyone at this club and we have an great opportunity to grow together and develop a brand of cricket that entertains and brings more of the success that our Members and supporters have experienced in the last 10 years.

“Jeets has been my first captain here at Warwickshire. He’s played a huge role in helping me settle at the club so quickly and in establishing myself across all formats. Following in the footsteps of a true Warwickshire legend is a very exciting prospect and he will be a great support for me as Captain.”

Patel was appointed Captain ahead of the 2018 season and immediately led the Bears back to Division One of the County Championship, as Division Two champions, at the first attempt.

Farbrace added: “Jeetan is an outstanding cricketer and we’re very grateful for the job that he has done as captain over the last two years. He took on the role at a difficult time, but he has played a critical role in securing our place back in Division One of the County Championship, whilst also managing the transition of bringing many young players into the senior ranks.

“We’re very fortunate to have an overseas player who buys into the culture of our club in the way that Jeetan does. Nobody is prouder to wear the Bear and Ragged Staff than him and he will continue to play a lead role in our bowling attack in addition to providing the support for Will that can help him develop as a leader and take the team forward again in 2020.”

Jeetan Patel said: “It has been a great pleasure and honour to serve Warwickshire as club captain over the past two seasons. It is no secret that the club is held close to my heart and renouncing the captain’s role, as much as I’ve enjoyed the challenge of being at the helm over such a challenging period, is a result that both management and myself have come to with the club’s future in mind. Handing the reins over to Will Rhodes leaves me with a great sense of purpose and pride and part of leaving my own mark on the Bear and Ragged Staff is to support Will throughout the 2020 season and in his newly appointed role.  

“Will is a young and exciting cricketer, but more importantly a great bloke.  He is held in high regard within the changing room and I have complete faith in his leadership capabilities, he has what it takes to lead the pack with strength into what will be a new chapter for both Will personally, and the club.

“With my official retirement from playing all forms of cricket at the conclusion of the 2020 season, Will gives the club the opportunity to continue to transition smoothly into a young, hardworking and successful team with growth at the forefront of the Bears journey. I am wholly committed in my duty to support Will and the team wherever possible throughout my last playing season.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my own tenure. The club has been tested over the last three years and I believe we have emerged with optimism and an enthusiasm for an even greater future. The club is incredibly lucky to have such a supportive community of cricket lovers surrounding it. The Bear carries with it a certain level of respect that is reflected in those who wear it and endeavour to honour it.

“I wish Will all the very best for the season ahead and look forward to playing alongside him.”

A further announcement will be made by Warwickshire CCC on the T20 captain in due course.

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