Chris Adams says he is honoured to help in a great Sussex revival.

But the former skipper admits there is a lot of work to and challenges ahead.

Adams, who led the county to three Championship titles and one-day honours, has joined the cricket committee at Hove along with former batsman Tony Cottey.

They take the roles as Sussex look to bounce back from bottom place in the Championship last season.

The county have lost several senior players in the last two years.

Ben Brown, who skippered the county in the first half of last season, was the latest.

His two-year deal with Hampshire was confirmed today.

Adams has continued to keep a close eye on the ups and downs at Hove and can now play a more active role.

He said: “I am honoured to be invited to join the cricket committee and contribute to the next chapter in the history of this great club.

“There are many aspects to Sussex Cricket across all ages and genders which I hope to add value to. Reconnecting with the club after 13 years is very special indeed.

“With regards the men’s professional cricket there is a strong sense that this is a fresh start, with a squad that is full of exciting, young, home-grown talent.

“I want to be clear from the outset, I believe there is much to do, and many challenges lie ahead for the team and all the coaching staff.

“I will do my upmost to support, advise and challenge wherever I can in the quest to see the team return to being clear and definable contenders in all formats we play, it has been too long on that front.

“Competing to win in three different competitions is the biggest challenge any team faces.

“Some say it can’t be done. That’s exactly the type of challenge I have enjoyed taking on most of my life.”

Adams was Sussex captain last time they finished bottom of the Championship, back in 2000.

They were crowned champions for the first time in their history just three years later.

While a similarly meteoric rise appears a tall order this time, members are likely to be pleased to see the club tap into experience and expertise from those heady days.

Cottey, who worked for the club in a commercial role until last year, said: “It is a great privilege to be invited onto the cricket committee of this fantastic club.

“Sussex Cricket has been a massive part of my life for the best part of 20 years as both a player and as part of the Commercial Team.

“One of the best moments of my cricket career was being part of the first Sussex team to win the Championship in 2003.

“I firmly believe that all great sides include experience but also a spine of locally produced youngsters.

“That 2003 side included great Sussex bred players such as Matt Prior, James Kirtley, Jason Lewry, Robin Martin-Jenkins and Mike Yardy.

“It had been hugely exciting to see the current crop of youngsters perform so well individually over the last two years.

“I will look to bring my experience from both the commercial department and as an ex-player to this role in order to provide a balanced view.

“All my energies will be focussed on helping achieve success for Sussex Cricket across all formats as we embark on the 2022 season and beyond.”

Adams and Cottey join the committee, which also comprises Bob Warren, Daniel Oliver, Ed Putnam, Jason Robinson, chief executive Rob Andrew and performance director Keith Greenfield, with immediate effect.