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Sarwan to skipper Leicestershire

Leicestershire have announced West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will replace Matthew Hoggard as LV= County Championship captain next season.

Former England international Hoggard has led Leicestershire for the last three seasons, skippering them to a shock Friends Life t20 victory in 2011 as the Foxes became the most successful English county side in the shortest form of the game.

They finished bottom of Division Two that season, however, and only just finished ahead of Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire in the recently-completed campaign.

Sarwan, who has played 87 Tests for the Windies but has been out of favour recently, will attempt to improve their fortunes in the four-day format, with Josh Cobb announced as captain in both the shorter formats of the game.

Hoggard said: "I have enjoyed being captain over the past three years but I feel that it is the right time to hand over the reins."

The 35-year-old former Yorkshire seamer had a public falling out in his first season at Leicestershire with chairman Neil Davidson, who accused Hoggard of "irresponsible behaviour (which) has led to the chaos that has engulfed the club" after resigning from his post.

Head coach Phil Whitticase said: "I've really enjoyed working with Matthew over the past three years, especially during our successful T20 campaign.

"It is important for everyone to get behind Ronnie as we look to take the club forward."