Peter Handscomb to leave Middlesex with immediate effect

Peter Handscomb, Middlesex’s membership captain, is standing down from his function, and won’t return to finish the 2022 season following his involvement with subsequent month’s Australia A tour of Sri Lanka.

An announcement from the membership confirmed that Handscomb can be returning to Australia after the Sri Lanka tour for household causes, and that Tim Murtagh can be taking up as membership captain in each the four-day and 50-over codecs.

“We wish to thank Pete for all he has contributed to the membership all through his time with us,” Alan Coleman, Middlesex’s head of males’s efficiency cricket. “He’s a superb bloke to have across the dressing room and has led us with distinction this yr on the sector.

“He’s a pure chief and evokes these round him to carry out, and lots of the youthful gamers inside our squad have realized an infinite quantity from him through the time he is been on the membership.”

Regardless of main Middlesex to the highest of the LV= County Championship Division Two – a place they’re on target to cement with victory over Durham at Lord’s on Sunday – Handscomb’s personal type has been intermittent, with a solitary half-century in 5 appearances this season, to go together with his common of 17.46 in his seven matches in 2021.

The information follows the affirmation that Shaheen Shah Afridi, Middlesex’s different abroad participant, is not going to be returning to the membership this season both, on account of Pakistan’s busy worldwide schedule. The membership confirmed that they had been in negotiations for a alternative top-order batter for the rest of the season, and had been hopeful of constructing an announcement within the close to future.

“I’ve actually loved my time right here at Middlesex and it has been a pleasure to have performed with such an excellent bunch of blokes,” Handscomb stated. “To have began the season within the method now we have is testomony to the quantity of onerous work the taking part in group and coaches have put in, and I want Middlesex each success for the rest of the season and transferring forwards.

“It has been an honour to have been in a position to name Lord’s my house, and my thanks go to everybody on the Membership for his or her assist in permitting me to go house to spend time with my household after my worldwide commitments with Australia A.”

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