Solanki resigns captaincy

Long-serving Worcestershire skipper steps down

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Solanki resigns captaincy

Solanki: called time on reign as Worcestershire captain

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Former England batsman Vikram Solanki has resigned as Worcestershire captain after more than five years in the job.

Solanki made the decision in the wake of the county's 241-run defeat to Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

The Pears were skittled for 175 on the final day to slump to their fourth defeat of the season in LV County Championship Division Two.

"It has been a real honour and a privilege to captain this club but it just seems the time is right," Solanki, who was the longest serving captain in domestic cricket before his decision to step down, told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

"Results haven't gone as well as we would all have liked and it is perhaps time for somebody else to be at the helm."

Daryl Mitchell, Solanki's vice-captain, will take charge for the remainder of the season.

Leatherdale promotion

Meanwhile, former Pears batsman David Leatherdale will take over as the county's chief executive following the resignation of Mark Newton following 10 years' service.

"I have gained a great insight into the internal structures of the club over the last five years and particularly the last two as deputy CEO during what, it is fair to say, have been particularly difficult times," said Leatherdale.

"The cricketing landscape has changed immensely, both structurally and economically which has created many challenges and I am sure there will be many more to face in the future.

"We are a club with 145 years of history and a huge number of loyal and passionate supporters, myself included, and a young developing team who have all the attributes to move the club into a new era."

Worcestershire, who were relegated in 2009, are currently sixth in the Division Two table.

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Bobbi D says...

I think its time Rhodes steps down too, this county has been going downhill ever since Rhodes has been in charge. Thank you Vik for helping the team out and sticking around when everyone else was leaving, but i think Leatherdale should sack Rhodes and lets build again. So many supporteres have boycotted coming to New Road because of Rhodes, he was a great keeper, but is a very poor coach.

Posted 14:07 16th August 2010

Lee Pickrell says...

Good luck Vik! Not been an easy few years losing some great players while have plenty of financial problems. I wasn''t happy with the loss of many of those players although Steve Davies is probably the biggest long term loss. Some good youngsters coming through so hopefully in two to three years we''ll be competing again. Let''s hope the captaincy doesn''t hit Daryll''s batting form. I think a few on this forum need to locate CAPS LOCK.

Posted 17:39 13th August 2010

Dave Hinton says...

I would like to congratulate Vikram on the way he has captained the side on a shoestring budget over the last few years. Losing top players wasn''t his fault and he has stayed loyal. Good luck to "Mitch" and the rest of the squad some of whom i know personally through coaching in the counties youth system. Perhaps with an ex Worcester player in "Luggsy" now at the helm and a home grown Captain along with some decent players coming through the Academy the future looks bright and to all the synics leave bumpy alone he'' got a job to do!!!

Posted 15:50 13th August 2010

Steve Maitland says...

To be fair to him he could have gone last year, along with every other decent player we had like Batty, Pears, etc etc In any sport you can only play with what you have around you you and that I''m afraid is not a lot. A real shame we are just the whipping boys at the moment... Good luck to whoever is next...

Posted 14:39 13th August 2010

Robin Duffin says...

ABOUT TIME.SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED AT END OF LAST SEASON AFTER TERRIBLE PERFORMANCES BY THE TEAM.NOW STEVE RHODES SHOULD FOLLOW AND WORCESTERSHIRE MAY HAVE A BETTER FUTURE.LETS GET SOME NEW BLOOD IN TO COACH OUR YOUNGSTERS AND GET BEHIND OUR NEW CAPTAIN DARRYL MITCHELL.

Posted 10:36 13th August 2010

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