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Full name Shaun Geoffrey Williams
Born January 16, 1970, Bendigo, Victoria
Current age 44 years 315 days
Major teams Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Victoria Institute of Sport, Victoria Second XI, Victoria Under-17s
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Shaun Williams was a left-hand opening batsman who bowled right-arm offspin with a formidable record in Darwin A-grade cricket where he scored 3110 runs at 46.42 and took 123 wickets at 16.15. He also played for Victoria youth teams and is the only player to captain and coach both the Northern Territory (Strike) and Australian Capital Territory (Comets) senior teams. As NT Cricket Development Manager he was involved in the early stages of the establishment of the National Indigenous cricket tournament (Imparja Cup) and established the inaugural Northern Territory Institute of Sport cricket academy program.
He moved to Bangladesh in 2004 after being appointed as National Manager of Game Development and worked as coach with the country's Under 19 and Bangladesh A teams. Following the resignation of Dav Whatmore after the 2007 World Cup, he was appointed as head coach of the Bangladesh National team when they toured Sri Lanka later that year and was subsequently appointed as head coach for the 2007 World Twenty20 in South Africa where Bangladesh qualified for the Super Eights.
In the 2008-2009 season he was appointed as coach of the Maharashtra Ranji Trophy team in India and during the next four seasons, Maharashtra won the National T20 title (in 2009-10), the pre-season Buchi Babu tournament title (in 2011) and found their way to the quarter finals of the Ranji Trophy four-day and one-day tournaments.
In 2012, he was appointed General Manager of Maharashtra Cricket Association. In 2012-13 the Maharashtra under-19 team won the Cooch Behar Trophy and in the following season, Maharashtra were runners-up to Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy and the Maharahstra under-25 team won the CK Nayudu Trophy.
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