Luke Wright has stepped down as the captain of the Sussex T20 team after serving the team for seven seasons in the role. According to Sussex Cricket, the leading run-scorer in the T20 Blast history requested the club to step down from the role of the captain to focus on his individual performance.
Under Wright’s captaincy, Sussex has emerged as one of the most successful T20 sides in T20 cricket. Wright, who joined the club in 2004, has captained the team in 104 games. He is contracted to remain with the club until at least the end of the 2023 season.
“The Club are naturally disappointed by Luke’s request but respect his decision,” Sussex Cricket stated in the official release announcing Wright’s decision.
After stepping down from the role, Luke Wright said, “It has been a huge honour to captain Sussex, the club I love so much, however, I feel it is the right time to step down. I will continue to give my all to help Sussex as I have over so many years.”
Rob Andrew CEO said, “We respect Luke’s decision to step down as captain and we will work with him to move forward and focus on the future with his successor at the helm.
“Luke has been a fantastic captain, leading the team to the knockout stages of the T20 Blast in five of his seven seasons as captain, including two finals day appearances in 2018 and 2021. The experience and knowledge he will be able to share with his successor will be invaluable.
“We look forward to watching Luke continue to entertain sold-out crowds at Hove over the next couple of seasons, whilst further cementing his place as the leading domestic T20 run-scorer in England.”
The club has stated that they will announce a new T20 captain ahead of this season’s T20 Vitality Blast. Meanwhile, Sussex Cricket has brought on board several successful names ahead of this season’s T20 Blast, including Rashid Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Josh Philippe, Cheteshwar Pujara, Steven Finn, and Fynn Hudson-Prentice.