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Middlesex agree terms with Fraser

By Kevin Hand

Angus Fraser
Fraser played all of his county cricket for Middlesex

Ex-England seamer Angus Fraser is set to become the new managing director of cricket at Middlesex from January 2009.

Fraser, 43, took 679 first-class wickets for Middlesex in nearly two decades at Lord's and claimed a further 177 victims in 46 Tests for England.

Middlesex chief executive Vinnie Codrington told BBC London 94.9: "We haven't finalised everything yet, he's on holiday and we are in Antigua.

"I think we will get the details sorted out when we get home."

Fraser, one of England's most consistent bowlers of the 1990s, retired from cricket in May 2002 to take over as cricket correspondent of the Independent newspaper - and has also been a regular summariser on BBC Radio's Test Match Special.

He was also one of a number of ex-Test players appointed to a panel headed by Ken Schofield which looked into the state of English cricket in early 2007 following their Ashes defeat in Australia.

Middlesex are in Antigua for the Stanford Super Series, and Codrington added: "What we need to do is build for the future.

"We're kind of moving away from the old-fashioned committee style of getting somebody to be responsible and accountable for everything in relation to cricket.

"He knows the set-up, as everybody knows it's a bit peculiar as we're at Lord's, we don't technically own a ground and for Gus we have even got to find an office for him.

He's not going to wave a magic wand and our cricket is going to be brilliant, there's clearly a lot that needs to be done

Vinnie Codrington on Angus Fraser
"Those sorts of difficulties need to be overcome and those are the things we'll be working on when we get back.

"It's not a tracksuit job, it's not about being in the first-team dressing room, it's not going to step on Toby Radford's toes.

"But he is going to be ultimately responsible for everything that is Middlesex cricket and that will be everything from the first team to grass roots.

"He's not going to wave a magic wand and our cricket is going to be brilliant, there's clearly a lot that needs to be done.

"We've got to make sure that Gus is given the tools for the job and is allowed to get on with the job and everyone associated with Middlesex from me to the members and committee have got to be patient."

Middlesex have also announced that Shaun Udal will captain the side in 2009.

The 39-year-old off-spinner is halfway through a two-year contract at the club, having been persuaded out of retirement after he left Hampshire in 2007.

"We're delighted that Angus' first recommendation was that Shaun took up the mantle, he's done a great job for us in the last couple of months," Codrington added.

"When I broke the news to him he was very emotional and very excited."

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