Leicestershire have announced that Paul Nixon is returning to the Fischer County Ground as Head Coach.
Nixon represented the Foxes across four decades in a highly successful playing career that saw him lift five trophies at the club and also represent England in ODIs and a T20I.
The 46-year-old has since worked successfully as a coach, winning the Caribbean Premier League twice in three attempts with Jamaica Tallawahs.
Nixon said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to be returning to Leicestershire County Cricket Club as Head Coach. The club has always been close to my heart and I have lived in the city of Leicester for 30 years, so I know how much it means to everyone here.
“There are a lot of good people at the club. We have a lot of loyal Members, supporters and sponsors, and I want to bring the good times back to Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
“I enjoyed lots of success as a player with the Foxes. We won the County Championship twice and got to five T20 Finals Days in nine years, winning on the three occasions we got to the Final. I’d like to thank the club for believing in me. I know that I can make a positive impact in my new role and I can’t wait to get started.”
Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “We are delighted that Paul has agreed to rejoin us as our Head Coach. Paul is dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable, and has been a huge part of successful changing rooms both as a player and coach.
"He has a positive outlook, a great attitude, and is a winner"
“Paul will get the very best out of the players. He has a positive outlook, a great attitude, and is a winner. All of those attributes make Paul the perfect person to take Leicestershire County Cricket Club forward.”
Nixon needs little introduction when it comes to County’s Members and supporters. Nixon is high on the list of runscorers, wicket-keeping dismissals, appearances and partnerships across all formats when it comes to Leicestershire CCC’s record books.
The Carlisle-born cricketer played in the County Championship successes of 1996 and 1998 and appeared in five T20 Finals Days for the Foxes, including the three title wins of 2004, 2006 and 2011. Nixon scored 19,418 runs and claimed 1,231 dismissals for Leicestershire in 714 appearances across all three formats.
Nixon made his debut in 1989 and captained Leicestershire CCC between 2007 and 2008. He recorded 12,088 first-class runs in 294 appearances for the county and his sixth-wicket partnership of 284 with Phil Simmons at Durham in the County Championship triumph of 1996 remains an all-time record.
Nixon’s tally of 1,423 runs in the T20 Cup is the highest amount accumulated by any Foxes batsman, and his 90 competition appearances – made consecutively – is also an all-time record. Nixon was also a fine List A player. He amassed 5,875 runs in 322 appearances for the club.