Durham to split captaincy
Durham have split their captaincy with Phil Mustard leading the four-day side and Dale Benkenstein on limited-overs duty.
Last Updated: 24/11/10 10:30am
Durham have opted to use a split captaincy next season as Phil Mustard will continue to lead the four-day side with Dale Benkenstein taking over limited-overs duty.
Mustard became club captain during last season after a poor start to the campaign led to Will Smith resigning from the role.
The 28-year-old wicketkeeper will lead Durham as they attempt to secure a third LV= County Championship title in four seasons.
Benkenstein, who captained the side to a County Championship crown in 2008, will be in charge of Durham for one-day and Twenty20 matches.
The club decided that Mustard's roles as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper in one-day cricket would be too much to combine with the captaincy.
"The Durham captaincy means a lot to me, I really enjoy leading the side and I want to do it for years to come," Mustard said.
"This set up will give me the opportunity to learn from Dale and develop my skills in the limited-overs format, which can only benefit me, the team and the club in the long run."
Benkenstein added: "It's an exciting opportunity to work alongside Phil to get us back where we belong, competing effectively in every format of the game.
"I think Phil did a great job in difficult circumstances last year and I'm pleased to be able to take some of the strain off him in the shorter formats of the game so he can focus on continuing his development as a player and captain."