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Bopara stands down as Essex Eagles captain

PUBLISHED: 06:02 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 06:02 11 November 2016

Ravi Bopara has stepped down as Essex Eagles captain (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ravi Bopara has stepped down as Essex Eagles captain (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ryan ten Doeschate to lead one-day side

Ryan ten Doeschate will captain Essex in all formats in 2017 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Ryan ten Doeschate will captain Essex in all formats in 2017 (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex have announced that Ravi Bopara has decided to step down from his position as limited overs captain to focus on his own individual game.

Bopara took up the role of NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup skipper at the start of the 2016 season and led the Eagles to the quarter-finals in both competitions.

The 31-year-old will now relinquish his responsibilities to enhance various aspects of his batting and bowling in order to hit the ground running in Specsavers County Championship Division One next year.

Club Captain Ryan ten Doeschate will take over captaincy duty in limited=overs cricket which will mean he will now lead the team in all formats during the 2017 season.

Ten Doeschate is delighted to take up the captaincy in all competitions and said: “Ravi did an excellent job in limited-overs cricket last year, leading us to quarter-finals in both formats.

“If we had a bit more luck we could have progressed further. He has decided he would prefer to concentrate on his individual game next year and make valuable contributions throughout the season.

“We respect Ravi’s decision and I was more than happy to take up the captaincy in all formats as I have thoroughly enjoyed my role in the Specsavers County Championship so far.”


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