Nottinghamshire set to announce new captain with Steven Mullaney the ‘obvious candidate’ to replace Chris Read


Nottinghamshire are hoping to announce their new captain in the next week, with Steven Mullaney the ‘obvious candidate’ to replace Chris Read.

Director of cricket Mick Newell, head coach Peter Moores and assistant coach Paul Franks are set to discuss the matter in depth after the squad returned to Trent Bridge for winter training.

Mullaney deputised for Read in the 2016 season and earned positive reviews for his leadership of a team that was plummeting towards relegation in the County Championship.

The all-rounder’s stock has only risen since then and Newell says he is the leading candidate, but not the only one, with Samit Patel and Riki Wessels also set to be discussed.

Chris Read celebrates a wicket with Steven Mullaney

“Mull is probably the obvious candidate but he’s not the only one. You’ve got to look at what you have within,” he said.

“Samit, Riki and people like that are experienced players. We’ve got to debate for a final time in the next few days.

“It’s a big deal. It’s an honour. We’ve not changed club captain in 10 years.”

Read retired at the end of the season to take up a new post at Uppingham School, ending a 19-year stint at Trent Bridge.

He led the Championship and 50-over sides with Dan Christian captaining the T20 team in the last two years.



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