Steven Croft replaces Tom Smith as Lancashire captain
Lancashire have appointed Steven Croft as their captain for next season after Tom Smith stepped down from the role to continue his recovery from injury.
Croft, 31, stood in during his absence and takes over on a permanent basis.
"This has been an incredibly tough decision for Tom to make," said cricket director Ashley Giles.
He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Tom's experience will be crucial to Steven and he will very much remain a key member of our leadership team.
"I'd also like to congratulate Steven on his appointment - he showed great maturity in what was a successful season for Lancashire."
Spinner Simon Kerrigan meanwhile will continue a period of rest and rehabilitation into the new year after suffering a back injury towards the end of last season.