Stephen Cook has resigned as captain of the Highveld Lions with immediate effect.
Cook, 35, captained the Lions in the One-Day Cup and Sunfoil Series for the past three seasons and will continue to contribute as a player in the side.
‘It has been an absolute privilege to have led the team for the past number for seasons. I believe that much has been achieved and that during this time, the team has grown significantly. I have been at the helm when we have also overcome significant obstacles and am proud of what we have achieved,’ said Cook.
‘With that being said, I believe that in a time of significant change, with a new era of the team dawning, it is the right time to step away from the position. I remain fully committed to the team, the new coach [Enoch Nkwe] and whoever replaces me as captain. I still believe that I have great value to give as a senior player and a leader, albeit without a title.
‘I thank all the players, coaches, staff and management of the team for their support during my tenure and look forward to sharing in many more momentous occasions.’
Highveld Lions chairman, Dr Oupa Nkagisang, said: ‘Stephen has led this team from the heart and we are appreciative of the contribution that he has made.
‘He is a seasoned campaigner who brought value to the team and his long-term association with the team will never go unnoticed.’
Cook has scored 14,283 runs in 209 first-class matches, 5,782 runs in 166 List A matches and 554 runs in 23 T20s.
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