Middlesex: Former Australian wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist will lead the Middlesex side in their next six matches after Shaun Udal decided to step down as captain.
The Deccan chargers skipper who lead the Deccan chargers to victory in the second edition of the IPL will take over the captaincy for Lord's based county from Friday, against Kent at Canterbury until batsman Neil Dexter takes over permanently.
Gilly had a poor run of form in the third edition of the IPL earlier this year before making a mediocre start for Middlesex.
However, Middlesex's director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said in a statement on Friday that appointing Gilchrist skipper of the struggling county side was prudent: "It would be foolish for Middlesex not to make use of one of the most experienced and respected cricketers the game has produced whilst he is at the club.
"He captained the Deccan Chargers to success in the 2009 Indian Premier League and led Australia in all forms of the game with distinction on numerous occasions.
In his short time in England he has already had an influential role in the T20cricket we are playing.
"Everything about Adam is world class and since his arrival he has had an extremely positive effect on the dressing room."
"Our players love having him around and playing in the same side as Adam shows our young cricketers what is required to be a great player."
Middlesex are currently second from bottom of the table in the second division of the two-tier first-class County Championship and Udal stepped down as the skipper but he remains available as a player.