Zimbabwe star Heath Streak has signed a two-year contract to be the new Warwickshire captain for 2006 and 2007.
Streak is a high-class performer and a former captain
The experienced all-rounder, a previous captain of his country, has chosen to retire from international cricket to take up the position.
Streak, 31, takes over from Nick Knight, who has stepped down after a seven-year tenure at the helm.
He said: "I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to bring more silverware."
He went on: "I've enjoyed playing for Zimbabwe immensely but I have decided to retire from international cricket in order to fulfil my contractual commitments with Warwickshire.
"I hope that one day I can assist Zimbabwe cricket again in its efforts to develop."
Knight, a formidable former England batsman, will continue as a player.
Warwickshire's director of coaching Mark Greatbatch, himself a new appointment, said: "Heath has had an outstanding international career and we are fortunate to secure his services.
"He has all the qualities that are vital in a club captain. All the players and management staff are looking forward to having him back next season."
Streak played for the club in each of the last two seasons, helping them win the County Championship in 2004 with some excellent displays with both bat and ball.