Daniel Flynn has been named the new Northern Knights cricket captain for the coming summer and will lead the team in all forms of the game.
Flynn's appointment comes two months after Northern Districts named James Pamment as the new head coach to replace Grant Bradburn.
Flynn debuted for the Knights in the 2004-05 season as a powerful young batsman from Bay of Plenty and has developed into one of Northern Districts' most prolific left-handers and has the added experience of 49 international matches for the Black Caps.
He owns the all-time ND record of 13 first-class centuries and was devastating in the Knights' one-day top order last season - form he intends to continue from the helm.
''Captaincy is a fresh challenge for me and it's come along at a good time in my career,'' Flynn said.
''At 28 I've been around for a while and the extra dimension of leading the team will be stimulating. I'm really looking forward to working with our Northern Knights coach James Pamment and helping guide a team I'm extremely passionate about.''
Pamment said the decision to revert to a single captain across all three competitions - after two seasons of specialist captains for the Plunket Shield, Ford Trophy and HRV Cup sides - was primarily driven by the youth of the new-look squad, underscored yesterday when six players yet to turn 23 were named in the first round of domestic contracts.
''Having the same captain across all forms of the game was considered a priority with a younger group of players because the constant changing of formats does make it more challenging for different leaders to put their stamp on the group.
''Daniel has a sharp cricket brain and is held in the utmost respect by all our players. He's impressed for many years as a quality leader of men, but because we've been blessed with so many leadership resources in the Knights, those qualities have been under-utilised until now.
''Brad Wilson, Scott Styris and James Marshall (who retired from the game after the 2012-13 season) have led the teams with aplomb in recent times. Brad and Scott are right behind Daniel and we are excited by Brad and Scott assisting Daniel in the coming season.''
Flynn is one of 11 contracted players announced by Northern Districts yesterday, with the final three to be announced on August 9. So far there is no room for veterans Scott Styris and Joseph Yovich and it appears the contracts have gone to the players playing all three forms of the game.
Graeme Aldridge, Brad Wilson and Anton Devcich fall into the established player category while Jono Boult regains a contract for the first time in two seasons.
''Jono fought his way back last summer which we were delighted to see,'' said Pamment. ''He forced his way into our Twenty20 team, played the majority of the Ford Trophy and contributed in his three Plunket Shield opportunities.
''Spin is a long apprenticeship, but not only was he tenacious with the ball, we saw his skills in fielding and batting maturing as well.''
Wicketkeeper Cameron Fletcher, batsman Jono Hickey and quick bowler Scott Kuggeleijn join the Knights' contracted elite for the first time. Kuggeleijn was previously contracted by the Wellington Firebirds.
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