New Delhi: Jason Gillespie has been named interim coach of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and he replaces former New Zealand off-spinner Dipak Patel. Gillespie is also involved with Big Bash team Adelaide Strikers. Thanks to the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the players, the Australia ‘A’ team’s tour of South Africa got cancelled and the former pacer is free to coach PNG. Gillespie is also the head coach of the Australia ‘A’ side.
"I'm really excited about it, as much to have another cricketing experience with another team and another country," Gillespie told cricket.com.au. "It broadens my experiences and broadens my learning and hopefully it will hold me in good stead going forward."
Gillespie has some tough games on his hands as PNG will be playing against the Australian Indigenous team and Queensland XI. After that, PNG will play two games against Scotland.
"I'm just excited to see how these guys go about their work. I've heard a lot of very good things," Gillespie said. "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."
Patel, who was at the helm since August 2014 supposedly left as the two parties could not agree on the terms of an extended contract.