Bennett Alfred King
December 19, 1964, Mossman, Queensland
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
Bennett King was was selected in the Queensland Under-19 team for the National Championships in 1982-83. He moved from Gympie to Brisbane and played club cricket for Norths in 24 first-grade matches. King was also a promising rugby league player for Valleys in Brisbane and was invited to join the Gold Coast Giants in the national rugby league competition, but his career was ended by injury. A physical education teacher, he decided to use his training methods for cricket and accepted a position as a development officer with Queensland Cricket.
The departure of John Buchanan to take up the vacant position of Australia coach provided Queensland Cricket with an opportunity to promote King. In his first season as the Queensland coach in 1999-2000, the team won the Pura Milk Cup, and King again guided them to victory in the following two years before accepting the head coaching role at the Australian cricket academy. Tipped to follow Roger Harper as West Indies coach in 2003, King decided against the move but accepted the offer when Gus Logie resigned a year later. It was a difficult time for him, with West Indies in decline and many in the Caribbean unhappy with an outsider coaching them, and that antagonism was made worse as he brought in Australian assistants. It was little surprise when he stepped down after the side's disappointing World Cup campaign in 2007.
Cricinfo staff April 2007