Just days after an introduction of the transformation target system to gradually introduce black cricketers into the different national teams, Cricket Namibia (CN) has confirmed the appointment of a new head coach.
CN, through its CEO, Graham MacMillan, made the revelation in a media release today, confirming that Doug Watson will replace the current coach, Johan Rudolph, as from 22nd of this month.
According to the statement, Rudolph’s contract officially concludes at the end of this month. However, all the parties have agreed that this new transition date would be in the best interest of all.
MacMillan said Watson who has been involved with Namibian cricket for the past two years in various capacities, was selected by an independent panel of judges as the best candidate for cricket Namibia going forward.
Watson was once a cricketer with the Natal Dolphins and played over 139 first-class matches. In a career that spanned over 15 years, he scored 7 692 runs at an impressive average of 36.8.
He has also had a vast coaching experience at a very high level, 2009 IPL Tournament assistant coaching to Jonty Rhodes and Shaun Pollock in Mumbai, India; in 2010 and 2011 for the Kwa-Zulu Natal as an inland team coach.
The new coach said: “I'm extremely humbled to be the national coach for Cricket Namibia. It is an exciting period of life for me. I believe that cricket in Namibia can only go forward. We have an exciting international and South African cricket calendar ahead of us and we look forward to achieve our goals and objectives.”
Watson will take over the national team next week in preparation for the CSA three-day match against Griquas, which begins on 25th October at the United CC.