Michael Carberry, the former England batsman, is contemplating legal action against Leicestershire following his ousting as skipper of the county side by head coach Paul Nixon after a dismal start to the season, it is being reported.
Earlier last month, the county side had issued a statement that in the wake of the drubbing they received by Nottinghamshire, Carberry was being dropped as captain following an investigation. The batsman, who joined Leicestershire last year on a two-year deal after 11 seasons with Hampshire, however, claims he was given no reason, and has been on paid leave since.
“Following a review of the early part of the season by (head coach) Paul Nixon, a decision has been made to relieve Michael Carberry of the captaincy,” the statement read. “Paul Horton will take over as club captain with immediate effect. The club will not be making any further comment.”
Although Leicestershire made no comment on the matter now, Nixon told BBC Radio Leicester last week that they wanted Carberry to stay at Grace Road.
“We respect Michael, as I’ve always said. He’s a fantastic cricketer and a top pro – we just didn’t feel the captaincy was the right thing for him moving forward,” said Nixon. “We want him as a player, we’ve always said that. Hopefully we’re getting close to seeing something positive happen, time will tell.”
It is unlikely that Carberry will return to Leicestershire, however, with doubts over his long-term career surfacing as a result.
Carberry has not played since that defeat to Nottinghamshire. Leicestershire at that time had one win from two games in the one-day tournament and sat sixth in County Championship Division Two with one win from four.