Tuesday 7 January 2014 

Warwickshire appoint Richardson to Coaching Team

 

Warwickshire CCC has today confirmed that Alan Richardson will join its coaching staff as Bowling Coach.

Richardson, 38, was due to play one final season for Worcestershire, but is to retire from all cricket with immediate effect in order to take up his new position, following Graeme ‘Pop’ Welch’s appointment as Elite Cricket Performance Director at Derbyshire.

Commenting on the appointment Dougie Brown, Warwickshire CCC Director of Cricket, said: “Alan is someone who we know very well from his previous spell with Warwickshire and he is respected throughout the game.

“His experience and knowledge will help continue the excellent work that Pop has done over recent times with our bowling unit and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Richardson played for the Bears between 1998 and 2004 and has had a long and distinguished First Class career, having taken 569 wickets at an average of 26.37 during spells with four counties. He was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2012 and is already a well-qualified coach.

Alan Richardson said: “I have been working on my coaching qualifications for some time and, whilst I had planned to have one more season as a player with Worcestershire, this is a fantastic opportunity for me in this next stage of my career with Warwickshire.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at New Road and am grateful for the understanding that the Management and Coaching Team at Worcestershire have shown since I informed them of my decision to retire early. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and cannot wait to get stuck into working with one of the finest bowling attacks in the country.”

Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “We’re very grateful to the Management & Coaching Team at Worcestershire for their co-operation and allowing for Alan to be released early from his playing contract.

“Alan has been one of the leading bowlers on the county circuit for several seasons and we’re delighted to secure his appointment as Bowling Coach.”

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