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All about the coaches of World Cup participating nations

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli.
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli.
Shrey Gupta

With less than 10 days left for the mega event to commence, all the 10 participating teams in the ICC World Cup 2019 have fastened their belts, tighten their laces and are fully charged to fire in the competition.

But, as it is rightly said, an event like World Cup isn't a one man show. The emerging victorious team has to show a combined unity, staggering performances and team spirit amongst them. It is not an event where only the players but their coaching staffs, management and various other committees also are tested. Thus, coaches have an integral part in conditioning their team and guide them towards victory.

Let us have a look over the profile of all the 10 coaches of participating nations in CWC 19.


#1 Phil Simmons (Afghanistan)

West Indies Training Session
West Indies Training Session

Phil Simmons was a West Indian all-rounder whose career spanned from 1987 to 1999.

Later on he became a successful coach as he was a part of various coaching staffs thereafter. He was first appointed as the head coach of Zimbabwe in 2004. He had to fight for the Test status of Zimbabwe after a string of losses they had suffered.

From there, he was appointed as a head coach of Ireland and that proved as a major turning point in his coaching career. Under his coaching Ireland won 11 trophies, qualified for every major ICC event, and beat Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup, England in the 2011 World Cup and the West Indies and Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. He coached them for 224 matches, making him the longest serving coach in international cricket.

He then became coach of West Indies and under his coaching, the team won the T-20 World Cup in 2016.

In 2017, he was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan.

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#2 Justin Langer (Australia)

Justin Langer.
Justin Langer.

A left-handed batsman, Langer shared a successful partnership with Matthew Hayden as Australia's Test opening batsmen during the early and mid-2000s. His career spanned from 1993 to 2007.

In 2012, he was appointed as the head coach of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. He finally became the head coach of the Australia on May, 2018.

#3 Steve Rhodes (Bangladesh)

Steve Rhodes
Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes was an English wicket keeper batsman whose career spanned from 1989 to 1995. He did not have a glorious international career as he managed to play only 11 test matches and 9 ODIs.

On 7 June 2018 Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed Rhodes, head coach for the national team till the 2020 ICC World Twenty20. In the ODI series in 2018, Bangladesh defeated West Indies 2–1 to register their second ODI series victory in West Indies. Later, Bangladesh managed to beat West Indies in the T20I series with a 2–1 lead.

Recently, Bangladesh also won their first ever multi-nation tournament under their coach, Steve Rhodes.

#4 Trevor Bayliss (England)

Trevor Bayliss.
Trevor Bayliss.

Trevor Bayliss is an Australian former First Class cricketer who never played for the national side.

However, in terms of coaching, he enjoyed a wealthy career. He coached New South Wales from 2004 to 2007. Then he became the head coach of Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2011. He helped the Lankans in becoming the runners up in the 2011 World Cup.

From there he joined as the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders from 2012 to 2014. In the span of just 3 years he helped the Knights in becoming the champions twice and thus proved his mettle.

Since 2015, he has been acting as the head coach of England and under his coaching the team is looking good and is the most favourite to win the competition.

#5 Ravi Shastri (India)

Ravi Shastri.
Ravi Shastri.

Ravi Shastri has been an Indian all-rounder from 1981 to 1992. He has batted at various positions and has been an integral part of the team. He played nearly 80 Test matches and 150 ODIs. The pinnacle point in his career was the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 where he won the Man Of the Series award.

After retirement, he has been a famous broadcaster over these years till the time he became as head coach of India in 2017.

#6 Gary Stead (New Zealand)

Gary Stead.
Gary Stead.

Gary Stead was a New Zealand top-order batsman, who played five Tests in nine months in 1999.

He did not get any chances further and thus after finishing his career, he chose coaching and became a successful coach of New Zealand Women's team. In August 2018, he was appointed as the head coach of the New Zealand men's team.

#7 Mickey Arthur (Pakistan)

Mickey Arthur.
Mickey Arthur.

Mickey Arthur is a former South African First Class player and played in the domestic circuit from 1986 to 2001. He never featured in the national team of South Africa, but coached them from 2005 to 2010. During his tenure, South Africa tasted success by becoming No.1 Test and ODI side and even won many bilateral series.

Finally, on 6th May 2016 he was appointed as the head coach of Pakistan. Under his coaching, Pakistan tasted success by winning Champions Trophy 2017 by beating the arch rivals India in the final and also became the No.1 T-20 side.

#8 Ottis Gibson (South Africa)

Ottis Gibson.
Ottis Gibson.

Ottis Gibson is a former West Indian all-rounder whose career spanned from 1995 to 1999. During this time he could only play 2 Test matches and 15 ODIs.

Gibson started his coaching career afterwards. He was appointed as England's bowling coach twice. He acted as their bowling coach from 2007-2010 and 2015-2017. He also acted as West Indies head coach in the phase of 2010-2014.

In August 2017, South Africa appointed Gibson as their head coach until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

#9 Chandika Hathurusingha (Sri Lanka)

Chandika Hathurusingha.
Chandika Hathurusingha.

Chandika Hathurusingha was a Sri Lankan opener who opened the innings along with Roshan Mahanama in the early 90's. His career started in 1991 and ended after the 1999 World Cup with the advent of Sanath Jayasuriya as an opener. During this phase, he played 26 Test matches and 35 ODIs.

Hathurusingha was appointed coach of the United Arab Emirates in December 2005 on a one-year contract. He was named coach of Sri Lanka A in a three-year contract with Sri Lanka Cricket. In 2009, he was named senior assistant to Sri Lanka's national coach, Trevor Bayliss. He was a coaching consultant for the Canada national cricket team at the 2011 World Cup.

In May 2014, Hathurusingha was named as coach of the Bangladesh national side. Under his coaching, Bangladesh flowered as they won bilateral series against India, Pakistan and South Africa and even won the Test series against Sri Lanka in their own den. They reached into the semis of the Champions Trophy 2017 and got a direct qualification to 2019 WC.

On 9 November 2017, Hathurusingha resigned from coaching the Bangladesh team. On 8 December Sri Lanka Cricket announced that he will act as the head coach of the national side.

#10 Floyd Reifer (West Indies)

Floyd Reifer.
Floyd Reifer.

Floyd Reifer is a West Indian all-rounder. Reifer has played 6 Tests and 8 ODIs for the West Indies cricket team, spanning from 1997 till the 2009 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.

In April, 2019 he was appointed as the head coach of the West Indies cricket team.

Edited by Kingshuk Kusari

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