Herschelle Gibbs appointed coach of LPL T20 side Colombo Kings

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  • Former Proteas opener Herschelle Gibbs has been appointed head coach of Lanka Premier League T20 side Colombo Kings.
  • Kings were meant to have Faf du Plessis in their roster but the ex-Proteas skipper was among many top players to pull out.
  • Gibbs told Sport24 about what made him turn his hand at coaching after commentating.

batsman Herschelle Gibbs has been appointed head coach of Lanka Premier League (LPL) T20 side Colombo Kings.

The Kings are captained by Sri Lankan international Angelo Mathews and also have Isuru Udana, Dinesh Chandimal and mercurial West Indian all-rounder Angelo Russell on their books.

Gibbs, who will be assisted by former Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, said his approach to coaching the team won’t be different to how he approached the game in his playing days – all instinct.

"I did a bit of commentary after I retired and it was easy; it didn’t really stimulate the mind too much," Gibbs told Sport24 about what made him turn his hand at coaching.

"That’s why I took up coaching. I always love being on the field and this is the closest you can get than actually playing.

"I played almost 200 T20 games around the world, so I understand the game. And the good thing about the T20 leagues is that you’re only with the squad for a month.

"It’s not easy to try and make an impact in that time but there’s not so much in-depth detail etc. T20 is very much an instinctive format of the game.

"That’s basically how I played the game, so I can relate to that in a lot of ways and the pressure that comes with it."

The global T20 competition carousel has given new opportunities for fledgling coaches such as Gibbs to enter the coaching market pretty early after retirement.

Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Jacques Kallis and Stephen Fleming are but some cricketing legends that used the Indian Premier League (IPL) to transition from playing into coaching.

Gibbs (46), who holds a Level 3 coaching badge, has coached in the Bangladesh Premier League (Sylhet Thunder), Abu Dhabi 10’s, the Afghanistan T20 Premier League and in Kuwait.

"There are no 10 T20 leagues throughout the year and the aim is to do five or six of them," Gibbs said.

"If I can do more it’s even better. You get to travel as well.

"I would like to get a bit more experience before hopefully getting into the IPL or Big Bash.

"There’s been a lot of the same coaches around for a long time and it would be nice to see some fresh faces and get different ideas.

"There are some wonderful players around the world now.

"The batsmen are getting more and more confident and their self-belief is enormous. You could see that shift over the last six, seven, eight years.

"It’s been very much pleasing and lovely to see. It’s nice and I am doing something that I really look forward to doing."

The Kings were meant to have former Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis but he pulled out after multiple postponements of the tournament’s start.

David Miller (Dambulla Hawks), Chris Gayle (Kandy Tuskers) and Dawid Malan (Jaffna Stallions) are the other top foreign stars that withdrew from the tournament after the October draft.

The LPL will now begin on 21 November to 13 December.

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