Dane Vilas says predecessor Liam Livingstone did a “good job” last season after being named as Lancashire’s new captain. Livingstone announced his resignation in order to focus on his batting in the wake of the Red Rose county’s relegation from Division One of the Championship in 2018.
And Vilas, who captained the side four times in Livingstone’s absence last season, believes the England Test hopeful has taken a decision that should benefit his county side as well.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been offered the opportunity to become Lancashire captain and I feel honoured and humbled to be in a position to lead the club forward in the coming years,” Vilas told Lancashire’s official website.
“Lancashire has a proud and distinguished history and it’s a privilege for me to be part of writing the next chapter in the club’s history. “Liam did a good job last season in what was a challenging year for the club, and I think giving him the freedom to concentrate on his own performances will get the best out of him as a batsman and that will only be good for the team.”
The 33-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman joined the club in 2017 on a Kolpak contract and does not therefore count as an overseas player.
Vilas is targeting an immediate return to Division One, adding: “Even though I’ve only been part of the side for the last two years, I understand the importance of what the Red Rose means to supporters and the whole squad is determined to win back our position in Division One of the County Championship and to challenge for both white ball competitions next year.”