Daryn Smit has been appointed the club’s new Head of Talent Pathway, with the aim of enhancing the number of local home-grown players progressing into the first team.
The 35-year-old will oversee players developing within the Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with The University of Derby, working closely with the Derbyshire Cricket Board and local clubs.
Smit will now transition into his off-field role, bringing his 16-year playing career to an end after making his last appearance for the club at Finals Day.
He already has experience working with developing players, having captained the Second XI side which saw Fynn Hudson-Prentice break through in 2019.
He will now be tasked with increasing the number of Academy graduates playing professional cricket for Derbyshire and, potentially, England.