Former New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel has been named as the new captain of the Warwickshire’s first-class and one-day captain. Patel, who joined the club in 2009, has been their overseas player across all the formats since 2012 and has won three trophies with the club namely, the County Championship in 2012, the T20 Blast in 2014, and Royal London Cup in 2016. However, Grant Elliot will lead the Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Warwickshire is going through some tough times as they were relegated from the top flight of the County Championship last season. There former captain and former England international Ian Bell also stepped down from captaincy towards the end of the season. Initially, he was replaced by his England team-mate Jonathan Trott before Patel was named as the captain.
“We’re thrilled to have Jeetan returning to the club in April as our captain. He’s a true Bear, who has won all three domestic competitions at the club, and sets exceptionally high standards on and off the pitch,” Ashley Giles, Warwickshire’s director of sport was heard saying.
The former England cricketer Giles further added Patel is perfect to lead the side and build a platform for more success in future. The 37-year-old Patel is also mentoring the young spin bowlers in the squad.
Patel is glad to return to Edgbaston and believes that it’s a great pleasure to lead the side in 2018.
“It’s all about looking forward now though and working hard with the current group of players to try to create something special for the club and supporters in the years ahead. Last season was a difficult one but every club goes through transitions, and the important thing is how people react. The challenge is there for us to rebuild and go again,” an elated Patel admitted.
Dom Sibley was named as the vice-captain of the squad after his arrival from Surrey earlier in August. The 22-year-old Sibley made an immediate impact with 191 runs in seven T20 games to help the Bears to the Final of the T20 Blast, and he also scored 310 runs in six County Championship appearances.