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Chapple relishing captaincy

Long-serving seamer facing title fight as new skipper

Chapple: New skipper

Lancashire's new captain Glen Chapple is relishing the challenge of leading the club he has played with for 18 years.

"Everyone who gets the job as Lancashire captain has the potential to be the first person to win the Championship for a considerable amount of time and I am no different."

Glen Chapple

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34-year-old Chapple made his first-class debut for Lancashire and is closing in on two decades at Old Trafford.

The long-serving seamer will replace Australian Stuart Law at the helm of the Red Rose county, after the star batsman was not given a new contract with the club.

Chapple is one of few men to have taken 500 first-class wickets and scored 5,000 first-class runs for Lancashire, and he will now finally have the chance to lead his county.

Challenge

Chapple, who played his solitary one-dayer for England against Ireland in 2006, says he has not always thought about captaining, but is relishing the challenge.

"There have been years gone by when I didn't consider myself the right man for the job and quite right," Chapple said.

"But the club deems that I am now and that is superb news.

"In days gone by I wasn't a senior player and we had a lot of senior players around with good captaincy potential. I suppose now is the right time."

Chapple stood in for Law for two Pro40 League games in this summer, against Worcestershire and Sussex, and now he is facing the task of trying to lead Lancashire to a first long-awaited County Championship title since 1934.

"It is a massive job and a privilege to be asked to do it," he added.

"It is something I am going to take very seriously and hopefully achieve some success.

"Everyone who gets the job as Lancashire captain has the potential to be the first person to win the Championship for a considerable amount of time and I am no different.

"It is something the right person will get at the right time."