Chapple to lead Lancashire again
Lancashire have confirmed that seamer Glen Chapple will continue as captain as the club look to defend their LV= County Championship title in 2012.
Chapple, who turns 38 next month and was first appointed skipper in October 2008, picked up the Red Rose’s player of the year award for a second successive season after leading the team to their first outright championship win in 77 years this summer.
He defied his veteran status to claim 55 four-day wickets at an average of 19.81 and also chipped in with 365 runs.
“I am proud to be the captain of this great club and I look forward to leading this group of talented players into what we hope will be another exciting year,” said Chapple.
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson added: “Glen leads by example and has inspired the team through his leadership and performance, culminating in 2011 being a historic year for the club. He is the ideal man to captain the club in 2012 as we look to build on our recent success.
Watkinson’s sentiments were echoed by head coach Peter Moores, with whom Chapple has developed a close bond.
Moores said: “Glen is an outstanding captain and we have forged a fantastic working relationship which I am looking forward to continuing over the coming year.
“His captaincy – tactically – and his ability to deal with people, have been key factors in our development over the last few seasons. In my opinion his greatest strength is he trusts and respects his players, which gives confidence to everyone in the set-up.”