Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman stepping down, to be replaced by Leus du Plooy

Billy Godleman announced his decision to step down as Derbyshire captain after seven years in the role for the club.

Godleman has been club skipper since 2016 but at 33 is ready to step aside in favour of his deputy, Leus du Plooy who led the side on several occasions this summer.

Godleman discussed his future with head coach Mickey Arthur following Derbyshire's fifth-placed finish in Division Two of the LV= County Championship, with the pair agreeing to make the change.

"We had a good catch-up about the season and my thoughts about captaincy, future leadership and my seven seasons as captain," said Godleman.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as captain but reflecting on this season I think that with Mickey coming in and giving the club new impetus, the time is now right for me to hand over the reins to a new leadership group, as Wayne Madsen did to me in 2016.

"Seven seasons as a captain is a long time and the highlights for me will always be the strong personal relationships I've built with players past and present both on and off the field, while I am particularly proud to have led the club to their first T20 Finals Day in 2019.

"I very much hope that I can continue to be successful with Derbyshire, scoring lots of runs in all formats, and look forward to providing any support and insight I can to Leus."

Arthur added: "For more than half a decade, Billy has been a dedicated Derbyshire captain, however now we have the opportunity for a new voice, in Leus, to lead the team and bring a fresh approach.

"Billy can now focus on what he does best, scoring runs for Derbyshire, without having the pressure of captaincy."

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