Steve Kirby named as Zimbabwe bowling coach ahead of T20 World Cup 2022
Kirby had a long multi-team county career in England, winning the county championship with Yorkshire
Zimbabwe have hired Steve Kirby as their new bowling coach. He is expected to join the squad ahead of next month's T20 World Cup in Australia.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Steve Kirby as Zimbabwe's new men's bowling coach ahead of the T20 World Cup which begins on October 16. Kirby is expected to join the national team before the 2022 Men's ICC T20 World Championships begins next month in Australia. Kirby, a former first-class cricketer, served until his last appointment as bowling coach at Somerset, one of the teams he played for during his long and successful county career in England.
Kirby, 44, had a long career in England as a fast bowler with an experience of 348 games in all formats: 167 first class, 104 List A and 77 T20 games. He then took over coaching there and was most recently bowling coach at Somerset, one of the teams he played for. Kirby also worked alongside current Zimbabwe head coach Dave Houghton in Derbyshire.
Commenting on Kirby's appointment, ZC director of cricket Hamilton Masakadza said in an official statement released by ZC, "We are delighted to confirm Steve as our bowling coach for the senior men's team."
"He has done incredibly well over the years as a player and coach in County Cricket and as we strive to continue to strengthen all facets of our game and improve our performances at the highest level, we feel privileged and fortunate to have him in the process to have our technical setup," added Masakadza.
Kirby said that when the opportunity to join Zimbabwe presented itself, he felt it was too good to ignore.
Overall he took 572 first class wickets at 28.74, 142 in List A at 27.90 and a further 83 in T20s with a saving rate of 7.56.