Fri, 06 Aug 2021

  • Former Proteas batsman JP Duminy has been roped in as the Lions new batting coach.
  • He'll be joined by former Proteas performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, who's the High Performance Manager.
  • Former Warriors coach Piet Botha has also joined the Lions as their new bowling coach.

The Central Gauteng Lions have made probably the biggest coaching catches ahead of the reconstructed 2021/22 domestic cricket season by roping in JP Duminy and Prasanna Agoram respectively.

The 37-year-old Duminy, whose international career spanned from 2004 to 2019, will be joining the Lions as a batting coach that will look after the men's senior team and the province's pipeline.

Duminy represented the Proteas in 46 Tests, 199 ODIs and 81 T20s as an aesthetic left-handed middle-order batsman.

Agoram, the former long-time Proteas performance analyst joins the Lions as the High-Performance Manager.

The IT specialist, who played junior provincial representative cricket for Tamil Nadu in India, is also a qualified coach, but his well-mentioned claim to fame is his analytical abilities that saw him become one of the most indispensable cogs in the Proteas line-up despite various coaching changes.

Former Warriors head coach Piet Botha also joins the Lions as a bowling coach, while the hugely successful Wandile Gwavu has been understandably retained as head coach.

Jimmy Kgamadi also joins from North-West while the likes of Nandile Tyali, Ziyaad Mohammed and Dr Lervasen Pillay have also been retained in their fitness and medical departments.

CGL chief executive officer Jono Leaf-Wright said they have taken the right step forward with regards to the coaching appointments even though they've shed several senior coaches to other provinces.

"As the High-Performance Manager, Prasanna adds an unquantifiable value to the Lions Cricket system, overseeing talent acceleration from grassroots through to professional level," Leaf-Wright said.

"I'm delighted to have retained Nandile, Dr Pillay and Ziyaad and extremely excited that we've secured the services of Jimmy, JP and Piet, with each man bringing with him a wealth of experience."

Source: News24

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