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Jamaican UK-based coach shortlisted for county gig

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:16 AMLennox Aldred - Sunday Gleaner Writer
Miller
Miller

Jamaican UK-based coach Donovan Miller is among three coaches reported by ESPN Cricinfo as being shortlisted for the head coaching job at English County side Warwickshire.

Miller, the former Jamaica Tallawahs head coach, is set to undergo a second interview in early December along with former England batsman Mark Ramprakash and another Englishman Graeme Welsh.

The Warwickshire job became vacant following the departure of Jim Troughton. Miller’s consideration for the coaching position may have come down to Warwickshire’s adoption of the Rooney Rule, which requires clubs to interview at least one black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate for every senior head coach role.

Whilst Ramprakash may be the favourite to land the job, sources say it will all come down to the second interview, which will be conducted by the county’s executive lead by Stuart Cain.

ROONEY RULE

In a statement issued by the county earlier this month, Cain said it was the right move at this time to execute the Rooney Rule, which was named after former NFL Diversity committee chairman, Dan Rooney.

“There shouldn’t be a barrier in the mind of anybody with the right experience who wants to apply for this job. So, we think it’s right to adopt the principle of the Rooney Rule in the same way as many of the world’s leading sports organisations have,” the statement read.

Miller’s credentials far surpass the other candidates up for the job, as he has held head coaching jobs overseas in the Manzi Super League in South Africa, Caribbean Premier League, the Pakistan Super League and the Canada Global T20.

The former Melbourne CC player was also part of the England coaching team when they won the World Cup in 2019 and at Essex when they won the County Championship in 2017.

Ramprakash was the former England and Middlesex batting coach, while Welsh is the current bowling coach at Warwickshire, which once featured West Indies greats Lance Gibbs, Alvin Kallicharan, Rohan Kanhai, Deryck Murray, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.