10 Cricketers who Became Coaches
There are several options for a sports superstar to continue his career after his retirement from active playing career. There is quite a number of amazing players from a variety of sports, who are now working as team advisers, managers even commentators for the sport which they once played. Careers as a commentator and media personality were, and are, a top choice for any famous player as they had their own viewership all over the world, as well as their huge fan base. Some choose to be coaches, and disperse their knowledge and experience to the players of the younger generation.
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Cricket is one of the most famous sports which is viewed by an amazing number of sports fans throughout the world. There are enough number of cricket legends also present in the current scenario who achieved great height of success as a coach of various teams. So here is the list of 10 cricketers who became coaches.
10 Cricketers who Became Coaches
10. Dav Whatmore
Retired Australian Right-handed batsman and International cricket Coach Dav Whatmore played seven Test matches and a single ODI for Australia National team and scored over 6,000 runs for Victoria at first-class level. He coached the Sri Lanka national cricket team in two spells during which they won the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup. He also coached the Bangladesh national cricket team from 2003 to 2007 and led them to their first ever International Test victory in 2005. By the Pakistan Cricket Board, he was appointed as the coach of the national team on 4 March 2012. During his coaching of two years, Pakistan team won the 2012 Asia Cup. Whatmore also served his duty as the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL from 2009 to the end of 2011.
Former English Right-handed all-rounder and International cricket Coach Bob Woolmer played 19 Test matches and 6 One Day Internationals, and also made 15,772 runs and took 420 wickets in First Class Cricket. He also took a hat-trick for MCC against the touring Australian cricket team. Woolmer starts his international coaching career with Warwickshire County Cricket Club in 1991 where he led the team to the title of 1993 Natwest Trophy. He became the coach of South Africa in 1994, and South African national cricket team won 10 out of 15 Test series during his time. Woolmer was appointed as the coach of the Pakistan team in 2004 and won the ODI series at the Return Tour of India. Woolmer received high ranking civil award of Pakistan’s Star of Excellence “Sitara-e-Imtiaz”.
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Retired New Zealand Left-handed batsman and International cricket Coach John Wright played 82 Test matches and 149 One Day Internationals, and also captained the New Zealand national cricket team on several occasion. Wright scored 5,334 test runs with an average of 37.82 and 3,891 ODI runs with an average of 26.46. He first coached the Kent County Cricket Club and later appointed as the head coach of Indian national cricket team in 2000. During his term from 2000 till 2005, Indian team reached the final of ICC 2003 Cricket World Cup and won the home test-series against Australia. He was the coach of New Zealand cricket team from December 2010 till 2012. Wright also became the Mumbai Indians in IPL on January 2013.
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