Cricket Papua New Guinea chief executive Greg Campbell confirmed on Thursday that former Australian pacer, Jason Gillespie will be the interim coach of Papua New Guinea. Jason Gillespie, who has had prior coaching experience with Adelaide Strikers in the T20 Big Bash League, also had a five-year stint with Yorkshire.
Speaking to cricket.com.au. Gillespie said, “I’m really excited about it, as much to have another cricketing experience with another team and another country,”. “It broadens my experiences and broadens my learning and hopefully it will hold me in good stead going forward. “I’ll be interested to see firsthand how these guys go.”
“I have never been to PNG before,” Gillespie said and added, “I’m going to go up at the end of the month for a meet and greet, meet the players and staff and get to know everyone. “I’m just excited to see how these guys go about their work. I’ve heard a lot of very good things. “Papua New Guinea played against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi in the preseason and I spoke to a few of my friends at Yorkshire and they said the PNG guys were fantastic. “Speaking to Tim Nielsen, the high-performance manager at the SACA, he talked about how competitive the PNG guys are in the SACA Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Greg Campbell spoke about the process of the appointment and said, “We had conversations with Jason Gillespie earlier in the year about coming on as a consultant coach and Jason accepted that position,” Campbell explained on ABC radio’s Pacific Beat. “After Dipak departed, I spoke to Jason a little more in-depth and he agreed to fill that spot for the next 2-3 months. “Jason will (also) be around the group for the next 12 months as a consultant coach and that will involve working with all the coaches and the other teams.”