County news March 4, 2009

Salisbury retires but joins Surrey as coach

Cricinfo staff

Ian Salisbury is heading back to The Oval, this time as a coach © Getty Images

The former England legspinner, Ian Salisbury, has announced his retirement from first-class cricket in order to pursue a coaching role at his old club, Surrey.

Salisbury, 39, made his first-class debut in 1989 and played 15 Tests for England but his 20 wickets cost 76.95 each. He started with Sussex before moving to Surrey in 1997, for whom he took 368 wickets. He then moved to Warwickshire in 2007 and last summer picked up 31 wickets at 27.90.

"Following discussions with Ian over recent days, the club agreed that Surrey could approach him in connection with a new role in their recently revised coaching structure," said Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket.

"After a good season in 2008 Ian's contribution to the Warwickshire squad will be missed, but in all honesty we did not wish to stand in his way when such a good opportunity became available."

Salisbury replaces Nadeed Shahid as Surrey's second XI coach who today left the club after 15 years at The Oval.

"Surrey are a huge club and I want to be a key part of making them the most successful team," Salisbury said. "In the last decade I was part of a largely homegrown side that enjoyed huge success and in my role with the second team and Pemberton Greenish Academy I look forward to working with the club's exciting young players to create a new generation of Surrey greats.

"Gus Mackay and Chris Adams have put together a top class cricket management team and I am very excited to be a part of it."