David Lloyd and Samit Patel have been appointed as Derbyshire’s captains for 2024 – LSB

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David Lloyd has been appointed as captain of the Derbyshire club for the 2024 county season, with Samit Patel captaining the team in white-ball cricket.

Lloyd, who captained Glamorgan in 2022 and 2023, moved to Derby at the end of last summer and will now captain Mickey Arthur’s side in the County Championship.

Patel is also a new recruit, having spent more than two decades with Nottinghamshire, where he won six titles, including four in white-ball cricket, alongside his role in Trent Rockets’ win in the Men’s Hundred in 2022. He holds the no. The record for most Vitality Blast appearances (232), he has the second most wickets in the competition (208) and is also in the top ten for most runs (4,217).

Arthur, Derbyshire’s Head of Cricket, said: “I am delighted to be able to confirm David and Summitt as our captains for the 2024 season, both of whom have great experience and have settled into the group well.

“David will bring a real aggression to our red-ball game and I think our members and supporters will really enjoy our County Championship cricket this season.

“Summit is one of the most decorated players in county cricket and his desire to win is contagious. He has a very good cricketing mind, particularly in the white-ball game, and knows what it takes to win trophies, and that will be key to the burst of vitality this season.”

“Over the winter, our aim has been to recruit proven winners, to complement the quality we already have within the squad to make us a competitive unit in all formats. I look forward to working with our leaders over the season as we challenge in 2024.”

Lloyd will captain the side in the County Championship for the first time when they face Gloucestershire in Derby on April 5, while Patel’s first appearance as captain will be against Northants in the Vitality Blast opener on May 30.

Lloyd said: “It is a real honor for me to be appointed captain of our red-ball squad. We have a special group of players, staff and people across the club, and this is an exciting opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”

“We have a lot of plans in place and I think it will be a really good season for our members and supporters.”

“I am very honored and proud to lead the white-ball team. I look forward to working with the great team we have assembled,” Patel added.

“Hopefully the brand of cricket we want to play will attract fans to come and support us, they play a big role if we want to win. We will definitely need them all year round. It’s a big challenge for me and I can’t do that.” Wait for the vitality explosion to start.”

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