All-rounder Luke Wright will step down as skipper of Sussex, the County side declared on Thursday (June 1). Chris Nash will lead the side versus Worcestershire later this week in the County Championship battle.
Sussex have missed out on a quarter-final berth in the Royal London One-Day Cup after finishing with three victories and three losses while two matches yielded no results. The Eangland all-rounder, who scored 245 runs at an average of 35 in seven matches, said the decision to abandon captaincy comes after he stopped enjoying the match as a leader.
"Firstly, I would like thank Sussex for the privilege and honour of being made captain of this fantastic club," he remarked. "I have always been someone that loves and enjoys the game, but over a period of time now whilst being captain, this has not been the case and it has affected me both on and off the pitch.
"After taking some time I decided that stepping down was in mine and the club's best interests going forward. I look forward to giving my full commitment as a player to future Sussex successes."
The 32-year-old all-rounder took over captaincy in the Natwest Twenty20 Blast in 2015 and then took over in all three forms in 2016 after opener Ed Joyce decided to step down. Things haven't gone his way in the four-day format as well with just 156 runs from four matches at an average of 22.28.
Coach Mark Davis felt it won't take the UK born player too long to come back to form with the captaincy burden off his shoulders. "I would like to thank Luke for everything he has done for the team in his role as captain. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Luke and establishing a new-look Sussex team that will bring success back to our great club," he said. "His passion and enthusiasm for the club is second to none and without the stress and strains of captaincy, I am convinced he will be back to winning games for the club."