Harare – Cricket Namibia has appointed former Namibia A national team player Gareth Cloete as an understudy to the men’s national team coach Pierre de Druyn, with the prospect of taking over when the latter’s contract ends in 2023.
“Cricket Namibia is pleased to announce the appointment of Gareth Cloete as the national men’s coach understudy,” said Cricket Namibia this week.
The 42-year-old Cloete said he was excited to be taking up the role.
“I am excited about the opportunity afforded to me. I have been involved with cricket for the past 27 years and I see this as a culmination of my life’s work and dedication to the game. It’s an honour to be recognised for my contributions to cricket in Namibia,” he said.
Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller said the appointment was a win-win situation for both Cloete and the association.
“We believe in the upliftment of people through skill development and exposure and this program provides just that. Gareth is a dynamic person who has been involved in coaching for quite some time. I am very sure he will develop in our team environment, but also contribute to the quality of the training,” said Muller.
National team coach de Bruyn urged the former lower-order batsmen to use the opportunity to develop himself into an international coach.
“This is a very big opportunity for Gareth to use this platform for his own development to grow as a coach. I look forward to welcoming him to the team,” he said.
Cricket Namibia opened the understudy position to Namibians in January in a bid to improve the capacity of locals to steer the game.
“Based on our commitment and drive to develop Namibian Citizens, Cricket Namibia has seen the need to appoint an understudy to the national men’s coach, the purpose is to develop a Namibian citizen who might be in line to succeed the existing national coach after the completion of his contract.
“This provides Cricket Namibia with a two-year window to develop the best fit Namibian to succeed in this role,” said Cricket Namibia when it advertised the role.