Derbyshire hand captaincy roles to new signings David Lloyd and Samit Patel

Lloyd captained during his time at Glamorgan, while no one has played more T20 Blast matches than Patel


New Derbyshire signings David Lloyd and Samit Patel will captain the county in 2024 as Mickey Arthur's side takes shape after a winter of wholesale changes.

Lloyd, who joins from Glamorgan where he captained, has been named as Arthur's club captain and will take the reins in the County Championship.

Patel, who holds the record for the most appearances in the T20 Blast, will skipper in white-ball cricket.

"I'm delighted to be able to confirm David and Samit as our captains for the 2024 season, both have great experience and have settled into the group nicely," said Arthur.

"David will bring a real aggression to our red ball game and, I think our members and supporters are going to really enjoy our cricket in the County Championship this season.

"Samit is one of the most decorated players in county cricket and his desire to win is infectious. He has a very good cricket brain, particularly in the white ball game, and knows what it takes to win trophies, that will be key for the Vitality Blast this season.

"Over the winter, our goal has been to recruit proven winners, to compliment the quality we already had within the squad to make us a competitive unit across all formats. I'm looking forward to working with our captains through the season as we challenge in 2024."


Leus du Plooy has moved on to Middlesex (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Derbyshire have been in the market for a new captain since Leus du Plooy left for Middlesex. He replaced Billy Godleman in the role at the end of the 2022 season; Godleman has also since left the club.

Lloyd will lead Derbyshire in the County Championship for the first time on April 5 in their season opener, when his side host Gloucestershire, while Patel's captaincy will begin on May 30 against Northamptonshire.

Lloyd added: "It's a real honour for me to be named captain of our red-ball side, we have a special group of players, coaching staff and people around the club, this is an exciting opportunity I couldn't turn down."

"The brand of cricket we want to play hopefully attracts the fans to come and support us they play a massive role if we are to win," added Patel, who only ever captained Notts once during his two-decade spell at Trent Bridge. "We will definitely need them throughout the year. It's a great challenge for me and I can't wait for the Vitality Blast to start."

Derbyshire have also brought in Hampshire pair Aneurin Donald and Ross Whiteley, Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown and Pakistan left-armer Mohammad Amir.

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