Friday, October 16, 2009

Key reappointed as Kent captain

Rob Key has been reappointed as Kent's captain for 2010, after signing a new long-term contract with the side that returned to the top flight of the County Championship after finishing the recent season as Division Two champions.

Key made his first class debut for Kent in 1998 and has since scored more than 14,000 runs at an average of 42.33. He produced his career-best score of 270 not out against Glamorgan last summer and was also part of England's ICC World Twenty20 squad. He had been linked with a move to Surrey, given their desire to return to the First Division after another disappointing season.

"I'm very happy to commit my future to Kent," said Key. "There have been lots of rumours about me leaving the club but at no stage have I spoken or have other clubs spoken to me. I am and always will be committed to trying to win trophies and bring success to Kent County Cricket Club."

Graham Johnson, Kent's Chairman of Cricket, added: "Rob has made a tremendous contribution to the club, both as a player and captain. We see him, along with some other key players, as being the core of our side so I am very pleased that he has committed his long-term future to Kent.

"He was open and honest throughout contract talks and brought a sense of fun to discussions. We look forward to him continuing to bring these characteristics to what he does, both on and off the field. The cricket committee was unanimous in wanting him to continue as captain in 2010."

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