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Former Australia Paceman McKay Appointed Vanuatu Interim Coach

Former Australian fast bowler Clint McKay has been appointed interim coach of the Vanuatu men’s cricket team. The 36-year-old turned out in 59 ODIs, six T20s and one Test between 2009 and 2014. His last first-class match was less than two years ago for Leicestershire while he also playing alongside Vanuatu skipper Patrick Matautaava in Melbourne.

Cricketnext Staff |August 28, 2019, 11:53 AM IST
Former Australia Paceman McKay Appointed Vanuatu Interim Coach

Former Australian fast bowler Clint McKay has been appointed interim coach of the Vanuatu men’s cricket team. The 36-year-old turned out in 59 ODIs, six T20s and one Test between 2009 and 2014. His last first-class match was less than two years ago for Leicestershire while he also playing alongside Vanuatu skipper Patrick Matautaava in Melbourne.

Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers. McKay’s appointment comes after former national head coach and high-performance manager Peter Buchanan resigned for personal reasons after seven months in charge.

He arrived in Vanuatu on Tuesday (August 27) and took charge of the team in the first stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge in Malaysia. Vanuatu Cricket CEO, Shane Deitz, said McKay's experience as a professional cricketer for many years will be invaluable.

"Having Clint McKay join our team is a massive positive for us going into such an important tournament. He has over 10 years of international and domestic experience as player and has transitioned into his coaching career very well," Dietz told rnz.co.nz.

"His knowledge particularly of 50 over cricket is priceless and for our guys to have this time with him will improve their skills and knowledge of the game. Always popular as a player as a team man and a natural leader are his attributes off the field that he will bring to the boys.

"I am very excited about this appointment and look forward to him taking the team to this tournament.

"I want Clint and the world to be more aware of how much talent we have here in Vanuatu. (McKay) has seen Patrick Matautaava play before but, we have a bunch of players both men and women whose potential are great, and I hope Clint can assist with more overseas playing opportunities for our players," Deitz added.

The 12 full ICC member countries and the Netherlands will compete in the Cricket World Cup Super League from May next year, with the top seven teams qualifying for the 2023 tournament alongside hosts India.

Papua New Guinea are among seven teams competing in Cricket World Cup League 2, while Vanuatu are among 12 countries competing in the third tier Cricket World Cup Challenge.

With limited knowledge of Vanuatu Cricket until only recently, McKay said he is looking forward to joining the team and creating a positive environment before heading to Malaysia.

"Up until last week I didn't know a great deal (about Vanuatu Cricket), only what Patrick had told me a couple of years ago and that was that it was an improving cricket nation with some very talented players still learning the game.

"It is only a short turnaround until the tournament starts so I will be looking to create a positive and enjoyable environment which enables belief to grow within the team,” the former Australian paceman added.

Shane Deitz said Vanuatu Cricket will look to advertise for a permanent head coach in the new year and the Melbourne born right-armer could yet extend his stay.

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