“Ian and I have spoken regularly throughout the season and he made the decision to stand down as skipper following our Specsavers County Championship win over Middlesex two weeks ago,” Ashley Giles, Sport Director at Warwickshire, said. “The team has gone through a transformation period and Ian has been instrumental during this time, leading the team to a trophy at the end of 2016 and helping bring through several of our younger players in recent months, during a difficult period.
“It’s very brave of Ian to make this decision, but one that we fully respect. Having him focused solely on scoring runs for Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears is a huge asset to the club as we bid to reach a third Finals Day in four years and aim to build on our Championship victory at Lord’s.”
Bell, who hasn’t played for England since November 2015, said that he took the decision to step down in order to focus on his batting. Having not scored a century in the Championship since April 2016, Bell has only scored 345 runs in 14 innings this season at an average of 24.64.
“It’s been an absolute honour to lead my home county over the last 18 months and my decision to stand down is something that I have thought long and hard about over a period of weeks,” Bell added.