Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel has signed a new contract, keeping him at Edgbaston until the end of the 2019 season.

The New Zealander was appointed as captain over the winter break, and the contract extension has been handed to the 37-year-old with a view of establishing a time-frame for his captaincy beyond this season.

Warwickshire sport director Ashley Giles said of the extension:

He has Bears in his blood, he’s been here that long,

We still think he has a huge amount to offer as a leader and a cricketer.

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The spinner has taken 737 first class wickets in his distinguished career, that has seen him represent his country at Test level on 24 occasions.

Being in Birmingham since 2009, Patel has made himself something of fan favourite.

Giles said:

It just goes to show it’s more about the people you pick up, not what you see in facts and figures,

Joining us turned out to be one of the best things Jeets has ever done.

We’re very lucky. He’s been brilliant for us on both counts. He’s still one of the best in the business.