Paarl Rocks coach lands gig in Hampshire

Adrian Birrell (Gallo Images)
Adrian Birrell (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - English county club Hampshire announced on Friday the appointment of South Africa's Adrian Birrell as team manager.

The former Proteas assistant coach joins the club on a three-year-deal, taking on the key first team management responsibilities following the departure of Craig White in October.

Birrell, who is currently the head coach of the Paarl Rocks, has enjoyed a successful spell leading his side to the knockout stages of the inaugural Mzansi Super League.

Birrell has an impressive resume, working with the SA U19 and acting as head coach of Eastern Province from 1999.

He then went on to coach Ireland in 2002 and led the side for a five-year period, which saw them gain a place in the top 10 of the ICC World Rankings and also included a successful 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign, in which they reached the Super Eight stage.

He was then named England U19 head coach in 2010, before joining the Proteas coaching set-up under Russell Domingo, filling the role of assistant coach from 2013 until 2017, until his appointment at Paarl Rocks earlier this year.

Birrell will join up with the Hampshire squad in March, leading the squad during their pre-season tour and friendly matches ahead of the commencement of the 2019 season in April. 

"I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as the Hampshire first team manager. While I was with the Proteas, we played at the Ageas Bowl in 2017 and I was very impressed with the world-class facilities," Birrell told Hamphire's website.

"I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of cricketers and look forward to competing for honours in all three formats - it is a wonderful opportunity for me personally and I can't wait to get started in the new year."

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