Ackermann handed Foxes role

03 July 2018 06:27:41 EST

Colin Ackermann will lead Leicestershire in the Vitality T20 Blast after signing a contract extension with the county.

The 27-year-old South African has extended his stay at Grace Road until at least the end of the 2020 season after being named Twenty20 captain.

"I am extremely pleased to be extending my contract with the Foxes, Ackermann said.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I look forward to more good times to come. It is a great honour to be captaining the Foxes in the Vitality Blast and we'll be looking to go one better than last season and make Finals Day."

With Michael Carberry - who was appointed to lead in all formats last winter - on paid leave after being stripped of the club captaincy in May, Leicestershire needed a T20 captain to supplement Paul Horton's County Championship leadership.

All-rounder Ackermann captained the T20 team when Clint McKay was sidelined last year.

And along with compatriot Cameron Delport is seen as a key figure in the Midlands county's short-form plans, along with Afghanistan's Muhammad Nabi and Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas.

"I enjoyed leading the side last season and we again have a nice blend of youth and experience," Ackermann added.

"Zak Chappell is just 21 but can bowl 90 miles per hour and hit the ball out of the ground, and someone like Mohammad Nabi has played T20 all over the world."

Leicestershire are 1212/1 to win the T20 Blast, with Nottinghamshire available at 1212/1 and the Birmingham Bears 1212/1.

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