London - Hampshire have appointed former South Africa international Dale
Benkenstein as their new head coach after he ended his nine-year playing
career with Durham, the English county side announced on Thursday.
39-year-old all-rounder asked to leave Durham after missing most of the
2013 season with a shoulder injury and spending the last few months
recovering from surgery in South Africa.
"I'm looking forward to what is going to be a new challenge for me," Benkenstein said.
a brilliant set-up here (at Hampshire). I've spoken to the players and
coaches at the club and I'm excited about what's ahead."
Benkenstein said that he had enjoyed "being part of the Durham story"
and expressed thanks to the club for allowing him to leave in order to
pursue a coaching career.
Benkenstein joined Durham in 2005 and is the club's all-time leading scorer with 9,055 first-class runs.
captained the team from northeast England to victory in the 2007
Friends Provident Trophy and the 2008 County Championship and was a
member of the side that retained the County Championship in 2009.
director of cricket Giles White said: "We are delighted to have Dale on
board. He comes with a wealth of experience and an excellent reputation
as a leader. We are looking forward to his involvement."