Monday, 21 December 2009
Anthony McGrath steps down as captain
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club will have a new captain in 2010 after Anthony McGrath, the Club’s skipper in 2009, has taken the decision to relinquish the role and return to the ranks.
The Club has called a press conference for Tuesday 22nd December when Anthony’s successor will be announced.
Anthony McGrath, said: “It was a difficult decision to give up the Club captaincy. I always said that I knew exactly what it meant to be given such a prestigious job and I was really honoured to lead the side in 2009. I sat down with Martyn Moxon at the end of the summer and I came to the decision that the captaincy had affected my form in the latter part of the season. I therefore felt that it would be in the best interests of the team if I stood down and concentrated on scoring runs again.”
“I would like to thank everyone at the Club who helped me during my time as skipper, particularly Martyn Moxon and the coaching team. I would also like to thank the members and supporters for their support.”
“I am right behind the decision to appoint the player who will be unveiled on Tuesday as Yorkshire ’s new captain. He will bring a lot to the role and has my full support. As a senior figure in the side in 2010 I am there if he needs any advice or support.”
“The side that is taking shape at Headingley Carnegie is particularly exciting. We have eleven players on various levels of England duty this winter and plenty of talent continues to come through our Academy. I really do think that there is an exciting future for the side and success is not too far away. I am really looking forward to playing a big part in making that success happen.”
Martyn Moxon, YCCC’s Director of Professional Cricket, said: “I know how much hard work Anthony put into the captaincy this summer and his decision to step down says a lot about him and how much he cares for this Club. He has been a pleasure to work with as skipper and he will be an invaluable senior voice for the Club’s new captain to have on and off the field. We have a young squad in 2010 and Anthony is a very key member of the side. The side needs his runs and experience and I am sure he will provide both.”