Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson has revealed that Shan Masood, the county’s new overseas signing, will be appointed as the club’s new captain for 2023.
Gibson told the media after the end of today’s season-ending LV= Insurance County Championship defeat against Gloucestershire at Headingley that the Pakistan batter, arriving from Derbyshire on a two-year contract, will lead the county in all competitions next summer.
Jonny Tattersall led Yorkshire through the final two months of the summer following Steve Patterson’s resignation in late July, the seamer having played his final game today.
“The conversation we’ve had with Shan is that he is going to be club captain going forwards,” said Gibson. The players know that.
“Shan is going to be club captain, and he will bring his own style of leadership.”
Unfortunately, it is not yet clear whether the left-hander will lead Yorkshire into a Division One or Division Two campaign next summer after defeat against Gloucestershire today.
Yorkshire, chasing 241, lost by 18 runs, slipping from 69-1 to 222 all out.
A sixth defeat in the last eight games of the summer means that Yorkshire require a favour from Hampshire against second-bottom Warwickshire at Edgbaston tomorrow.
Warwickshire are 23 runs ahead with eight second-innings wickets in hand. If they win that game, that will be enough to relegate Yorkshire.
“Very disappointing,” said Gibson. “With one day to go, we hope things go our way in Birmingham. But you ask yourself the question, ‘Do we deserve that bit of luck from Birmingham?’
“The way we’ve played in the last three weeks, and I’ve just said it to the players in the changing room, we’ve not played anywhere near our potential. Therefore, if we end up in the second division, it’s our own fault. We can’t blame any other factors.
“Today, our destiny was in our own hands. We had a really good morning session to knock them over. Then, to chase 240 to make sure we control our own destiny and end up 19 runs short is very disappointing.
“When we bowled them out this morning, we said, ‘Forget what happened in the first innings in terms of the score, but we need more application today’.
“We needed guys to get stuck in. Adam tried hard and faced over 100 balls for his 49. Dom did the same and played really sensibly.
“But it’s a symptom of how we’ve batted since the first half of the season, when we scored a lot of runs, that now we’re having to wait for other results to go our way.”