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Chapple delighted with captaincy

Glen Chapple
Chapple will be in his 18th year at Old Trafford in 2009

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple has revealed his delight at replacing Stuart Law as skipper.

The Skipton-born former England one-day all-rounder is preparing for his 18th season at Old Trafford.

The 34-year-old told BBC Radio Manchester: "This is the club I've been at all my career so becoming captain makes it all the more special.

"It's not something I've actively gone after. I feel the captain should be the right man at the right time."

Australian Law, who joined the county in 2002 and was skipper for just one season, was not offered a new contract for 2009.

Chief executive Jim Cumbes admitted at the time that his allegiance to the rebel Indian Cricket League had some bearing on their decision.

Chapple said: "Stuart is a superb player and one of the best players I've either played with or against.

"It's been a pleasure to play with him and to be one of the players under his captaincy.

"We're all sad to see him go. Any team would like someone of his quality and hopefully our players will rise to the challenge provided by Stuart moving on."

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