Ackermann named as club captain

Leicestershire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce Colin Ackermann as the new Club Captain.

Acquiring the club captaincy will see Ackermann lead Leicestershire CCC across all three formats, after taking over the white ball duties from Paul Horton halfway through the 2019 season.

Upon becoming the Club Captain in the pre-season of 2020, Ackermann said: “It is obviously a huge honour and privilege to captain this club.

“Nico [Paul Nixon] approached me a couple of weeks ago and asked me if I wanted to do it, and obviously it was an easy decision for me.

“Paul Horton did a fantastic job over the last two years. He led the team very well but his job is not finished just yet, I will still lean on him for advice throughout the season as well as Chris Wright and Mark Cosgrove, the other senior players in the team.”

Paul Horton spoke on Ackermann’s captaincy: "It's been an honour to have captained the side and I have always given the club and my fellow teammates my all.

"I wish Colin all the best in his new role and I will be there to support him as and when he needs me."

The 28-year old will look to draw on his experiences as white ball captain to take into his red ball leadership despite the increase in responsibilities off the pitch as well as the difference in format.

He said: “It is a bit different being Club Captain. I think you will face different challenges specifically off the field and managing the club.

“It is very different to just being T20 captain as well. It will be different for me, but I will look to build on the experience I have gained from being T20 captain.”

The skipper though, will have a new face added to his line-up for the white ball competitions following the announcement of the signing of exciting opening batsman Janneman Malan.

Ackermann is excited to welcome his compatriot to the Club: “I have played against him a few times back in South Africa. I think he is a class player despite only being 23-years-old.

“He knows his game back to front and is a good striker of the ball. He strikes quite highly in T20 cricket but the fact that he goes on and scores big runs will be a massive asset to us – guys will be able to bat around him.”

Leicestershire County Cricket Club Head Coach Paul Nixon said: “We are absolutely delighted that Colin has taken on the captaincy role.

“It is important that our captain plays in all formats. Colin impressed during the T20 campaign with his leadership skills. He has the respect of everybody in the club and we look forward to an exciting time ahead.

“We would also like to thank Paul Horton for being the previous captain and continuing to be a role model as well as a key senior member of the team.”

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