Eoin Morgan has been named as Middlesex’s new limited-overs captain.
The England batsman, 27, takes over from Neil Dexter, who has stood down to concentrate solely on improving his own game.
Having lost his central contract with the ECB this winter, Morgan is expected to be available for all but three of Middlesex’s group stage matches in both the Royal London One Day Cup and the Natwest t20 Blast, a considerable improvement on recent seasons.
Honoured to be given the opportunity to captain Middlesex in limited overs cricket.
— Eoin Morgan (@Eoin16) February 7, 2014
However he remains a key part of England’s limited-overs plans, having been named vice-captain for the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament, and the Middlesex games he is expected to miss coincide with one-day and t20 internationals this summer.
The Irish-born Morgan, who has been at Lord’s since 2006, said: “I am really excited about the prospect of captaining Middlesex.
“Captaincy has always interested me and it is something I am looking forward to developing over the coming months.”
Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser added: “We are fortunate, in Eoin, to have one of the game’s best young cricket brains at the club.
“This talent has been identified by England too and everyone at Middlesex is chuffed that Eoin is regarded so highly.
“I, like many people who know him, am confident that he has what it takes and will prove to be a fine captain.
“Everyone at the club is excited at the prospect of working under Eoin.”