County News February 8, 2008

Boje appointed as Northants captain

Cricinfo staff

Nicky Boje: Northants' captain © Getty Images

The former South Africa spinner, Nicky Boje, has been appointed as Northamptonshire's captain for the 2008 season. During his short spell with the club in 2007, Boje impressed with his professionalism and attitude, and according to a club statement, "it was an easy decision to make".

In four Championship matches Boje averaged over 41 with the bat with a top score of 125, and he also took 16 wickets at 23. "Being asked to captain Northants is a great honour and one I could not have imagined just a few days ago," said Boje.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my short time at the club last year and I was delighted to be able to make a contribution. I look forward to leading a very strong team and target promotion to Division one of the Championship and the Pro40 as the main objectives."

The club's chief executive, Mark Tagg, said: "It is clear that we need an experienced and capable captain who can bring the best out of the talents available. With David Sales taking himself out of contention the unanimous choice of the board is that Nicky Boje should be asked to take up the challenge."

David Capel, the head coach, added: "With David Sales deciding to step down as captain; Northants Cricket is fortunate to have somebody of the calibre and proven track record that Nicky has in performing this role. He has the full support of the club; we all wish him every success and look forward to working closely with him".