Former Australian bowler Jason Gillespie has joined County side Kent for a short term assistant role. Kent’s regular deputy coach Allan Donald is waiting for his visa to arrive and due to this delay, Kent has to take the decision to rope in Gillespie as the replacement for him.
Donald had been hired as the full-time deputy coach to Kent’s new coach Matt Walker. However, due to the prolonged visa application rejection, the South African bowler has not been able to join the team. In his absence, Kent decided to approach Gillespie who got ready to come on board for a short time.
Gillespie on joining the Kent side, said, “Obviously I moved back to Adelaide for family reasons last year but the opportunity to assist Kent on a short-term basis was one that I couldn’t resist and works well with my current situation. I look forward to helping Matt Walker and Sam Northeast [the club captain] over the next couple of months until I hand over the reins to Allan Donald.”
Clifford, Kent’s chief executive, said on the inclusion of Gillespie as an assistant coach, “Jason brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach in England and overseas. It’s unfortunate that a world-class coach, Allan, is unable to join us as planned due to bureaucratic barriers but Jason will be a fine addition to the staff.”
Donald has grown in terms of experience as a bowling and assistant coach having been coached IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warwickshire in county cricket.