Club Captaincy Confirmed

Monday 12th February 2024

David Lloyd has been confirmed as Derbyshire’s Club Captain ahead of the 2024 campaign, while Samit Patel will lead the side in white ball cricket. 

Lloyd joined the Club from Glamorgan at the end of the 2023 season, where he served as captain during the 2022 and 2023 seasons, and will now lead Mickey Arthur’s team in the County Championship.

Interview: David Lloyd on being appointed Club Captain.

Patel is also a new recruit, having spent more than two decades with Nottinghamshire, where he won six major honours, including four in white ball cricket, as well as helping Trent Rockets to The Men’s Hundred title in 2022.

Patel holds the record for most Vitality Blast appearances (232), has the second-most wickets in the competition (208) and is also in top ten for most runs (4,217). He continues to be a key player in T20 competitions around the world, due to his experience, economical bowling and ability to change a game with the bat.

Lloyd will lead Derbyshire in the County Championship for the first time on Friday 5 April, when his side host Gloucestershire at The Incora County Ground, while Patel’s captaincy bow will come on Thursday 30 May, when the Falcons take on Northants Steelbacks in their Vitality Blast opener.

Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur, said: “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.

“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.”

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.

“We’ve got a lot of plans in place and I think it’s going to be a really good season for our Members and supporters.”

Patel said: “I’m very honoured and proud to lead the white ball side. I am looking forward to working with a great squad we have assembled.

“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. We will definitely need them through out the year. It’s a great challenge for me and I can’t wait for the Vitality Blast to start.”

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