Essex County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointments of Ryan ten Doeschate as the new Club Captain and Ravi Bopara as Limited Overs Captain.
Ten Doeschate will move from his previous role as Limited Overs Captain to become the Club Captain, and will lead the side in the County Championship. Ryan has become synonymous with the Club since making his debut for the side in 2003, proving himself a top class batsman across all three formats, as well as a more than useful bowler. His loyalty to the Club was further emphasised by his signing of a new deal last year, to keep him with the Club until at least the end of the 2017 season. He will not be taking part in the IPL this year, meaning he will be in place for the start of the season.
Ravi Bopara began his career at Essex, first appearing for the Club in 2002. Another long-serving player, Bopara has played over 150 times for England over all three forms of the game. As a batsman, he has an unbelievable record, but his bowling is also a key part of his armoury. Bopara’s short form prowess makes him the ideal appointment for the Limited Overs captaincy. He also signed a new two year deal last year to continue his long association with Essex. Bopara will be entering the IPL auction but, with the final of that competition due to be played on May 24, he would miss just one NatWest T20 Blast match – if his side progressed to that stage.
Head Coach Chris Silverwood is excited about the prospect of both new captaincies.
Both Ryan and Ravi have proven themselves fantastically committed to the cause here at Essex over a number of years. They command instant respect in the dressing room, and have proven how much they care about the Club.
“Ryan will bring many things to the role; he is always a calm head on the field, and has shown over the past two years as Limited Overs captain how capable he is. He is a hugely experienced and professional individual. We are aiming not just for promotion, but to be competitive in Division I, and Ryan is the man to lead us there.
“Ravi is at the stage of his career where he is looking to take on more responsibility, and this is the perfect opportunity to give him that. He has played a lot of cricket around the world and will bring that experience into his new role. We have realistic aims to win a Limited Overs competition this year, and Ravi is excited about the challenge.”