John Sadler is looking forward to an exciting summer in his first season as Head Coach.
Following two pandemic affected years, Northamptonshire take their place in Division One following promotion in 2019 with the side set for a full schedule of fixtures in 2022.
“It’ll be a tough beginning, middle and end to the season but that’s First Division cricket and it’s exciting.” Sadler said.
“We want to be playing against the best and the lads are buzzing that we are in the First Division, the whole club has got a real feel of excitement towards it”.
Sadler has named his Captains for 2022, with Ricardo Vasconcelos leading Northamptonshire in red ball cricket and Josh Cobb fronting the Steelbacks in the T20 and One Day formats.
“Josh has been brilliant. His knowledge of the white ball game is incredible and he’s so tactically astute.” Sadler said.
“Ricardo is an incredible young player and now at the stage of his career where he’s ready to thrive and take on this added responsibility.”
Northamptonshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship squad has been bolstered by the signings of overseas players Matt Kelly and Will Young with Sadler eager to welcome both to The County Ground.
“There are some brilliant things going on at the Club and we’ve made some fantastic additions to the squad for this year.” Sadler said.
“Both Will and Matt are high quality players who will add that extra spark to both our batting and bowling groups.”
2022 sees the largest professional playing squad Northamptonshire has had in recent years, something Sadler said was crucial with such a busy summer ahead.
“The County Championship is getting more compact and it’s important to manage workload. We’re blessed with players who can play all formats which is brilliant, but they are also going to need some rest at some point and having that depth in the squad is key.”
Northamptonshire are first in action at The County Ground on Monday 28th March for a three-day fixture against Cardiff UCCE.
The LV= Insurance County Championship begins at home against Gloucestershire on Thursday the 7th of April, match tickets and Season Tickets are now available to order online.