Many see Franklin as a follower rather than a leader and his body language has been compared to that of a doddery aunt, but Franklin has been around the block and is excited at the honour.
His style of captaincy is expected to be in keeping with his laidback manner, think more Stephen Fleming than Steve Waugh.
"I won't be crossing my arms and kicking the dirt too much," Franklin said.
"I'm genuinely looking forward to it."
Franklin's top flight captaincy experience is limited to leading New Zealand A in Zimbabwe two years ago.
He can hear the critics, those that believe his style is not conducive to captaining a side.
But he hopes to be judged on performance and results - well in this case, result.
"I've got to be pro-active and I'll throw ideas at bowlers about possible field placings.
"Who knows, captaincy might be a good thing for me in terms of my body language and all that stuff that people have crapped on about for years."