Josh Cobb ‘surprised’ to be replaced by David Willey as Northamptonshire T20 captain -Dlight News

Northamptonshire Steelbacks Josh Cobb is no longer T20 captain

Northamptonshire’s Josh Cobb has declared himself “shocked and disappointed” by the club’s decision to oust him as T20 captain in favor of David Willey.

Cobb has held the role since 2019 and was set to lead the team in this season’s Vitality Blast until Wednesday’s announcement that England all-rounder Willey had taken the reins.

The Steelbacks begin their campaign at home to Worcestershire Rapids on May 24.

Willey, who is back for the second time in the county after returning from Yorkshire, has just returned from the Indian Premier League.

And while Cobb wished him well, he made his unhappiness clear in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Having been blindsided by the news, I am shocked and disappointed to have been relieved of my captaincy duties so close to the start of Blast,” he wrote.

“I spent the winter planning and preparing the team, I felt we were in a good position to challenge again this year and we absolutely are!

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead Northants for the last four or five years and I have enjoyed it all.

“I’d also like to wish David Willey all the best for his tenure as captain. For now, I’ll try to win as many games for Northants and my teammates as I can.”

Cobb also thanked former coach David Ripley, while current John Sadler was not mentioned.

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