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July 28, 2009
Trevor Chappell, the former Australia batsman, has been named coach of Singapore ahead of their ICC World Cricket League Division 6 campaign next month.
Chappell, younger brother of Ian and Greg, has coached Bangladesh and spent time as a fielding adviser to Sri Lanka. "There is plenty to be happy about,'' Chappell told the Singapore Cricket Association website. "There is plenty of talent. Obviously, there are areas we can improve.''
Singapore, the hosts of the tournament and one of the favourites, are hoping to qualify for Division 5 which gets underway in Nepal next year. Chappell is to spend a month with the team and arrived in the country last weekend.
"We are in Division 6 and need to be among the top two to make it to the next higher division,'' said the board's deputy president, Mahmood Gaznavi. "In terms of ability, it is my firm belief that we have the quality to make a big impression in this tournament.
"There is much work that needs to be done," added Gaznavi. "Players have to seize this opportunity and lift their approach at practices to be ready in all aspects for the WCL Division 6."
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