Arthur and Nielsen to coach in CPL
Two former Australia coaches, Mickey Arthur and Tim Nielsen, will be part of the Caribbean Premier League this year after the tournament confirmed the majority of the coaching positions.
Arthur, who was sacked from the Australia job shortly before the Ashes in England last July, will take charge of Jamaica Tallawahs while Nielsen will work with Antigua Hawksbills. Last year, for the inaugural tournament, Jamaica were coached by Paul Nixon and Antigua by Sir Viv Richards who this time will take on a mentoring role with the franchise.
Nixon, meanwhile, led Tallawahs to the title but has not been able to retain his position.
Matthew Maynard, a former England assistant coach and Glamorgan coach, has been promoted to head coach of St Lucia Zouks having been the assistant last year and the positions are completed by Roger Harper (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Robin Singh (Barbados Tridents) and Simon Helmot (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel).
Nielsen said: "I was impressed by the standard of last year's competition so I'm delighted to be involved in CPL 2014. I'm looking forward to taking the reins of the Hawksbills and I hope that together with the rest of the coaching staff, and with the help of Sir Viv, who I am very excited about working with, we can take them to the trophy this time around."
Tom Moody, the recently appointed CPL director of cricket, added: "We're extremely pleased to have secured such a strong line up of talented and respected coaches for this year's tournament. With their technical expertise along with the guidance from our legendary mentors, the standard of cricket this year is set to be higher than ever."