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SA20: Paarl Royals appoint JP Duminy as head coach

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SA20 is the new cricket league organized by the South African Cricket Board. The primary aim is to promote cricket at grassroots levels and get back cricket on track. The owners of the Indian Premier League have invested in these leagues and bought respective teams. The teams are Pretoria Capital, MI Cape Town, Johannesburg Super Kings, Paarl Royals, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, and RPSG Durban. Players from all cricketing nations are excited to take part in this league. Auctions are to be held after which final squads will be announced. In the meantime, the Franchise Paarl Royals appointed JP Duminy as their head coach.

JP Duminy’s new role as head coach

Paarl Royal franchise announced their coaching staff which would led the team with their support and guidance in this new league. The new season of SA20 will kick off next year. The former South African player. JP Duminy has been appointed as the head coach by Paarl Royal Franchise. JP Duminy announced his retirement in the year 2019. In the same year itself, he lifted the Caribbean League Trophy for Barbados Royal. He is not new to this coaching world. He gained some experience by being in the support staff of the teams. For example, he was a Strategic Consultant for the South Africa Men’s Team and a batting consultant for their domestic team. Now his role has been upgraded and he has been given the charge of head coach. It will be a new venture for him but his experience and talent will make him sail through this.

JP Duminy statement :

“I have always had a very close connection with Paarl, having played plenty of my cricket at Boland Park, and hence it’s an honour for me to have been appointed as the Head Coach of the Paarl Royals. It is an exciting time for everyone associated with South African cricket and I’m really looking forward to working with some exceptional international and local players. The shared knowledge and experience in the dressing room is what I’m most excited about and having the privilege to facilitate and unlock our abilities together with my coaching/management staff. “

Other coaching and supporting staff of Paarl Royals

Along with experienced JP Duminy, Richard Das Narves will undertake the responsibility as strategic and spin bowling coach. In the coaching field, he has ample of experience in teams like Titans and even internationally like Hong Kong and Namibia.  Mandla Mashimbyi will join the team as the fast bowler coaching staff. He has even been included in South Africa Men’s Team coaching staff. Mark Charlton will serve as the batting coach for the Paarl Royals franchise. Former Australian women’s cricketer Lisa Keightley will undertake the responsibility of tactical performance coach.  Russel Aspeling will be the team catalyst. Kumar Sangakara will be the Royal Director of Cricket. Zubin Bharucha will be the development and performance director.

Kumar Sangakara statement

“Paarl Royals is a team that is entrenched with the objective of providing the right opportunities to the people in South Africa, whether that is for the talented cricket-playing youth or for those who want to give back to the game through coaching. Having started off by securing a strong core of players in Jos, David, Obed and Corbin, we are now delighted to have recruited some of the sharpest minds in South African cricket. JP, Mark, Richard, Mandla, Russel and Lisa have all been very successful in their respective roles across teams and also understand the local ecosystem well. We believe that utilizing key learnings from within the IPL will only help us replicate the Royals’ brand of entertaining and passionate cricket in South Africa and will make everyone associated with Paarl extremely happy and proud as we kick off this new journey,” stated Royals’ Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara.

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