South Africa domestic news June 26, 2012

Paul Adams named Cobras coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Paul Adams, the former South Africa spinner, has been unveiled as the new coach of the Cape Cobras. Adams takes over after Richard Pybus - who has since been handed the Bangladesh job - stepped down at the end of last season, citing differences with administration in the franchise as the reason for his stepping down.

Adams has previously held coaching roles with the Western Province amateur side and the South Africa A side, and was the assistant coach of the now defunct seventh domestic franchise, Impi.

Cobras chief executive Andrew Odendaal said there are "high expectations" of Adams to lead the traditionally strong franchise. The Cobras are the current one-day cup champions and had held the domestic first-class and Twenty20 titles last season, but failed to defend their titles in 2011-12.

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  • Gordon on June 26, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    This is a fantastic choice I am so happy for Paul. One thing I am really looking forward to his Paul working with the spinners in his squad and develop them even further. Just a question though does Lance Klusener currently have a job or is he still looking for a job to be a coach? Anyway Paul I have no doupt you will do a great job just like all the time you gave it all in your playing days full on 100%.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Fans, let's give Paul Adams a chance. He has done well for himself and for South Africa and no doubt is very determined to prove all the critics wrong. Congratulations Paul and best of luck to you, your captain, your squad, your franchise and its fans - whether they are for or against you.

  • Michael on June 26, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    How rediculous is this. What a joke. But dont take my word for it, lets look at the results halfway through next season.

  • Martin on June 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    "If Gary Kirsten did it in India, I see no reason why Adams can't do it." I do. With all due respect to Paul Adams, who is a lovely bloke, I don't think he is a patch on Gary Kirsten as a coach. Kirsten has great coaching nous and has read widely in coaching and business to apply some very effective management and training techniques in his coaching. The results are there to be seen in his success with the Indian side. I think we'll see further evidence of his effectiveness as a coach when SA tour England. Adams, on the other hand, is jovial and will no doubt be popular with the lads, but as you rightly point out his age could be a problem. Will he command respect as well as being liked? It's a big ask for him and I wish him well in the job - esp as I am a Cobras supporter.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Good luck Paul, i believe you will do well for Cobras.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Paul Adams should still be playing. I just hope Franchise players who are older than him and those of the same age will respect him. It's a big gamble, I must say. On the other hand "big up" for Cobras for thinking outside the box and stopping this recycling of old and tired coaches. If Gary Kirsten did it in India, I see no reason why Adams can't do it.

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