Pa­tel takes up new role


For­mer Black Cap, Di­pak Pa­tel will now coach the cricket team at King’s Col­lege.

He comes after serv­ing three years as head coach of the Pa­pua New Guinea Bar­ra­mundis. Pa­tel has been ap­pointed to coach the First XI Cricket team at King’s. Head­mas­ter Si­mon Lamb says Pa­tel’s ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge will be an as­set to the King’s cricket com­mu­nity.

‘‘Pa­tel has more than 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in cricket at first class and in­ter­na­tional lev­els, both as a pro­fes­sional player and coach,’’ Lamb says.

‘‘His breadth of coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, and pas­sion for cul­ti­vat­ing team cul­tures and in­di­vid­ual player strengths will be an as­set to fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the tal­ent and ongoing suc­cess of our First XI Cricket team.’’

He was pre­vi­ously the head coach of the New Zealand cricket U19 team, New Zealand Cricket and Auck­land Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Spin Bowl­ing Spe­cial­ist coach, head coach and se­lec­tor of the Cen­tral Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion among a host of other ti­tles.

Pa­tel, who be­gins his new role with King’s this term, is hop­ing to use his skills to men­tor bud­ding crick­eters.

‘‘One of my key ob­jec­tives is to en­sure these stu­dents re­alise their potential,’’ he says.

King’s Col­lege have re­cruited for­mer Black Cap Di­pak Pa­tel as their new coach.

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