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Steve Tikolo appointed Uganda batting coach

Uganda Cricket Association appointed former Kenya cricket captain Steve Tikolo as its batting coach.

Tikolo took over the role early last week joining another former Kenya international Martin Suji who has been Uganda national team coach since last year.

“We sought Tikolo on recommendation from the stakeholders’ meeting held after the team returned from an unsuccessful Division II event in Dubai last year when Uganda were relegated to Division III,” said Uganda Cricket Association president Justine Ligyalingi.

“He is a hot property that any team will want to have as a player or coach. We are really lucky to have him here as he accepted to coach,” added Ligyalingi.

Tikolo said, “The board and players have shown their intentions to move forward and improve the level of their game. This is encouraging.

“In life you lose some and gain some. It’s just unfortunate that I have had to leave Kenya but I had to do it.”

Zimbabwean Robin Brown joins Kenya coaching staff

Cricket Kenya has appointed former Zimbabwe cricket coach Robin Brown as head of its national elite programme.

Brown has been appointed to oversee Cricket Kenya’s talent development programmes from grass roots through to Elite level.

61-year-old Brown is a Level Three coach and has extensive experience in playing and coaching at international level having captained his country and appeared in two World Cups as a player and coached the Zimbabwe national side at the T20 World Cup.

He has been heavily involved in development and high performance work in Zimbabwe for many years coaching National age group teams and one of the new franchise teams in domestic competition. He also has a very strong background in pitch preparation and facilities development.

Cricket Kenya Chief Executive Tom Sears said, “We are delighted Robin has joined Cricket Kenya in such a key position and have no doubt his knowledge and experience will be a huge benefit in many areas.

“Robin is a vastly experienced coach who has played and coached at the highest level and is highly respected in the game.

“His primary role will be to ensure we are identifying the best players in our system from junior level right through to our Emerging Players Squad and ensuring they receive all the coaching and support they need to fulfil their potential.”

John Wright to step down after West Indies

John Wright has declined an offer to extend his contract and will step down as coach of New Zealand following the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

New Zealand

Wright took over as coach of the national team at the end of 2010 and during that time took them to the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and to a historic Test win over Australia in Hobart.

NZC Chief Executive David White said, “John has been an outstanding servant for cricket in New Zealand over a long time and it is disappointing to lose someone of his calibre.

“We were keen to see him continue his head coach role, however understand and respect his decision to look for another challenge.

“The fighting performance of the BLACKCAPS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and again in the Test victory over Australia spoke volumes about John as a coach and he can be proud of the way he has advanced the current team.

“I would like to congratulate John on the contribution he has made and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

“We are keen to fill this critical role as soon as possible but are conscious that we need to take the time to find the right candidate who can take us through to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.”

John Wright said, “I am grateful to New Zealand Cricket for the opportunity to coach the national team.

“I had always wanted to coach New Zealand cricketers for New Zealanders and it has been a tremendous privilege for me.

“I appreciate the offer to extend my contract but after much consideration I feel it’s the right time to move on and look at other opportunities.”

Sourav Ganguly captain-cum-mentor of Pune Warriors

The Pune Warriors India have made it official that Sourav Ganguly will be the team’s mentor-cum-captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.

“We are extremely proud that Sourav Ganguly is the captain and mentor of Pune Warriors India in this season of IPL,” said Sahara chief Subroto Roy.

“I am sure that his experience, expertise and deep understanding of the nuances of the game will definitely infuse an exemplary spirit of passion and commitment amongst the members of the team.”

Former South African pacer Allan Donald is the team’s bowling mentor while Praveen Amre will coach the batsmen. Pady Upton is the mental and high performance coach of the team.

The Pune-based team will also don a new jersey, which is turquoise blue and silver in colour, which a change from their last season’s black uniform.

Graham Gooch made England’s full-time batting coach

Former test captain Graham Gooch was appointed England’s full-time batting coach on Saturday.

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Gooch has been working as a consultant batting coach with England since November 2009 but will now take on the role full-time, beginning on March 5 as England begin preparations for the Test series against Sri Lanka.

Gooch, who played 118 Tests for his country, will work closely with all centrally contracted players year round, as well as other players selected for England squads.

Graham Thorpe will continue in his role as ECB lead batting coach, which involves working with batsmen on the England Performance Programme and those selected for England Lions.

Thorpe and Gooch will work closely to ensure a smooth transition for batsmen between the England Performance Programme and the senior England side.

Gooch said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of England batting coach on a full-time basis. I will now have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the players and other coaches both in the build-up to series and during the series themselves.

“I firmly believe that, with the talent we have at the moment within the batting unit and those pressing for places, we can continue to develop and improve as a side which is a very exciting prospect.”

England team director Andy Flower added: “Graham has an excellent relationship with our batsman and is already an important part of our management team so I am very pleased that he will be joining us on a full-time basis.

“We have a challenging period of cricket ahead of us and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work closely with Graham as we look to improve across all formats of the game.”

Hugh Morris, managing director England cricket, said: “Graham is an outstanding coach and is held in the highest regard by all those who work alongside him, and we are delighted that he will become a full-time member of the England management team.

“His record as a player and a coach is formidable and he has shown over the past couple of years that he has a huge amount to offer.”

Chappell returns as coach of Singapore

Former Australia international Trevor Chappell returns as coach of Singapore during the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5.

Chappell previously coached the side in 2009 when it was promoted into WCL Div. 5 and he is keen to see that the side is promoted once again.

Chappell spoke about his return to coaching the Asian side and the team’s preparation ahead of the tournament that begins on 18 February.

You’ve returned to coach the Singapore side after a brief stint away from the team after your success in 2009. What have you been doing in the interim period?

I have been coaching at the King’s School in Parramatta, west of Sydney. I have been doing that since 2003, they have given me February off from the Australia season to be with the Singapore team.

Is it good to be back in Singapore – what do you enjoy about the side and the country?

It is good to be back in Singapore and renew old friendships. The Singapore squad is a talented group of cricketers keen to do well in the WCL Div. 5 tournament. The players are easy to work with and Singapore itself is an easy place to live.

How has the side been preparing for WCL Div. 5?

The main preparation has been a ten day tour to Bangalore in India where we played a series of games against the Karnataka State Cricket Association under-25 side.

This was very good preparation for the upcoming tournament. Since returning from India we have had two practice games amongst Singapore players and continued normal weekly practice sessions.

The side missed out on promotion in Division 5 last time around, will the home advantage this time work in your favour?

I think playing at home will be an advantage to Singapore, mainly because of the weather conditions which will be more demanding than what all opposition teams except Malaysia are accustomed to playing in.

What do you know about the opposition teams you will be facing?

I know a little about Malaysia, Bahrain and Guernsey having played them in 2009. Those three sides are all very strong opposition. Cayman Islands and Argentina I know less about but I am sure they will also prove strong opposition.

I am not expecting any easy games in this tournament. The two sides that gain promotion will need to play a very good and consistent week of cricket.

Who are the key players for the Singapore side?

The Singapore squad is very strong, competition is fierce amongst the 14 players for a spot in the playing XI. Singapore has batting depth and a variety of bowling options.

Exciting players to watch out for in this tournament are Chetan Suryawanshi and Chaminda Ruwan when Singapore bat, and captain, Saad Khan Junjua with either a bat or ball in his hand.

Joe Dawes replaces Eric Simons as India’s bowling coach

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sacked its bowling coach Eric Simons for Team India’s poor performance in Australia.

He has been replaced by former Australian first-class pacer Joe Dawes.

Simons’ contract, which expires at the end of the tour, will not be renewed, ending a two-year long tenure with the Indian team.

“Joe Dawes has been appointed the Bowling Coach of the Indian team, for a period of two years,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

“He will replace Eric Simons, whose term ends at the completion of India’s ongoing tour of Australia.”

A right-arm paceman, Dawes represented Queensland in Australia’s domestic circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

He got into coaching subsequently and is Queensland Cricket’s player professional development manager.

He went on to have stints as Bowling Coach of teams like South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League).

Simons, who joined the Indian team in January 2010 for a two-year term, is also the head coach of IPL team Delhi Daredevils.

He has been under fire since India’s inconsistent bowling show in England and in the four-match Test series in Australia.

Brad Hogg steps down as PNG coach after recall

Papua New Guinea cricket coach Brad Hogg has resigned after earning a shock recall to the Australian Twenty20 team.

Hogg was appointed to the role of coach of the Hebou Barramundi’s and Garamuts in August 2011 following the departure of Andy Bichel.

However, he came out of retirement late last year as a last minute signing for the Perth Scorchers in the revamped Australian Big Bash League.

Remarkably, Hogg has exceeded all expectations and bowled superbly to be arguably the bowler of the BBL tournament.

He has been instrumental in the Scorchers making the final to be played on Saturday and he has won selection in the Australian Twenty20 squad to play India.

After consulting with Cricket PNG General Manager, Greg Campbell, Hogg agreed that he could not commit enough time to the huge campaign that lies ahead for Cricket PNG in the coming months.

Cricket PNG have been fully supportive of Hogg resuming his playing career and have congratulated him on his performances.

Cricket PNG are already working tirelessly on a replacement coach and hope to make an announcement soon.

Hogg will continue to support Cricket PNG in the ‘Pacific MMI Motor Vehicle Insurances Limited Don’t Drink & Drive’ Legends Bash and other events.

Gary Kirsten looks at the long-term

South Africa coach, Gary Kirsten is excited by the competition for places in the team, saying this will serve his long-term strategy.

“We’re in the industry of winning games of cricket, so I’m mindful of that,” said Kirsten on Thursday.

“But it’s important for us to continue building and achieve consistent success and to do that we need a greater squad of players. We’ve got to offer, as a cricket nation, more than just 11 players.”

Experimentation and the ability to adapt to situations has been one of the main highlights that Kirsten has brought to the Proteas’ limited overs strategy, which has seen three different batsmen successfully occupying the No 4 spot in the line-up.

Kirsten views positions four to seven in the batting order as the critical batting positions in ODI cricket, especially when it comes to finishing off the match during high pressure moments.

“I want to be comfortable with who our best closers are in the team, we are going to mix it up,” said Kirsten.

“We are going to rotate it a bit and the left-hander/right-hander combination also plays a very important role in certain aspects. It is important to get the players comfortable with it (rotation) and they are warming to it very quickly.

“JP Duminy did it brilliantly for us in East London, Faf du Plessis did it brilliantly in Bloemfontein, and I’m getting excited by seeing those guys wanting to embrace those moments (pressure situations).

“Those are the little key battles in games that we want to win, and if you win those battles you end up more times than not winning the game.”

Dale Steyn has become the latest player to be rested in the series, and will make way for Wayne Parnell in the final two ODI’s.

Parnell played his last match for the Proteas at the ICC Cricket World Cup in March last year, and has looked in strong shape in the nets.

“We were always planning to experiment throughout the series and it’s important that we develop and grow players so that we have a squad of 16 or 17 players we can pick from at any time,” he said.

“It allows us to rotate better, and rest players, because we know that the guys coming in have got the experience and they are equally as good.”

Jimmy Adams appointed new Kent coach

Jimmy Adams, the former West Indies batsman, has been appointed the new head coach at Kent.

The Club began the recruitment process in October, following the departure of Paul Farbrace, who left the Club in September following two years service as Director of Cricket.

Jimmy Adams played 54 Test matches and 127 One Day Internationals for the West Indies during a nine year international career.

Adams retired from Test cricket with a batting average of 41.26 and a highest Test score of 208 not out.

“I am delighted to be given this opportunity,” said Adams. “Kent are a county with a proud history and tradition.

“I look forward to working towards further success in the year to come and can’t wait to get started.”

Graham Johnson, Chairman of Cricket, said “We were delighted to have had such a strong field of candidates for the role.

“I believe we have run an extremely thorough process to select our new Head Coach, and are delighted that Jimmy will take up the position.

“He has a strong desire to see young players develop and this shone through in our discussions with him.

“He also has a tremendous amount of experience from his time in international cricket – particularly as Captain.

“We welcome Jimmy to Kent and wish him the very best of luck.”

Since retirement from cricket in 2004, Adams has coached the West Indies Under 19 team and most recently has been Technical Director of Jamaica Cricket.

He is also the President of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) a position he has held since 2008.

Adams takes up the post in early February.