Notts Cricket Club appoint new captain following Chris Read retirement

Steven Mullaney at Trent Bridge (Picture: Notts Cricket Club)

Nottinghamshire Cricket Club have appointed Steven Mullaney as their new captain following Chris Read’s retirement at the end of the 2017 season.

All-rounder Mullaney, 30, will captain the team in the four day and 50 over formats of the game; if Dan Christian returns, he is expected to captain the T20 side.

Chris Read captained Notts to promotion from the County Championship Divison Two into the top tier of the four day format and the One-Day Cup trophy in his final season.

Notts also won the T20 Blast competition last year for the first time in history under the captaincy of Australian Dan Christian.

Speaking about his appointment, Mullaney said: “It’s a huge honour and a privilege to be asked to be captain of such a great club as Nottinghamshire and one that has such a long and proud history and tradition.

“It’s an illustrious list of names I am following in the footsteps of.

“Hopefully I can live up to the expectation of being Nottinghamshire captain and deliver more trophies.

“It’s something I will give all my energy to and if I can do half the job my predecessor Chris Read has done for this club in the last 10 years, then I’ll be a happy man.”

Steven Mullaney has been appointed the new captain of Nottinghamshire Cricket Club (Picture: Notts Cricket Club)

The appointment was recommended by director of cricket Mick Newell and head coach Peter Moores and was approved at a meeting of the club’s general committee on Monday (November 13) night.

Newell said: “One of the key things for any captain is to have the respect of those players around him and he certainly has that with the performances he has produced since joining the club.

“Should Dan Christian return as one of our overseas players for T20, as we hope he will, then he will captain that side but Steven will lead us in the other two formats.”

In 2016, Mullaney topped the run-scoring charts for Notts in the County Championship scoring 1,009 runs at an average of 36.03, including three centuries, while also claiming 30 wickets across all three formats.

This season, he was Notts’ County Championship player of the year scoring 620 runs and claiming 25 wickets despite missing the first three games of the season through injury.

He scored 378 runs and took eight wickets in the club’s One-Day Cup success and then hit 173 runs with another eight wickets as Notts won the T20 Blast.