x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Kenya appoint Hesson coach ahead of Intercontinental game against UAE

The New Zealander is regarded as one of the best coaches but will take over a side in disarray.

The UAE will face a Kenya cricket side later this month that will be boosted by the arrival of a new coach.

Kenya have appointed New Zealander Michael Hesson as the new cricket national coach and his first matches in charge will be two warm-up one-day matches in Nairobi before an four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup tie July 28-31.

The Dunedin-born Hesson, 36, is widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in the game, having been involved in coaching the New Zealand A side and the Otago Volts provincial team for six years.

His appointment follows an exhaustive recruitment process, started after Kenya's dismal performance at the last cricket World Cup, which led to the resignation of the former coach Eldine Baptiste and the sacking of four senior players.

"We are delighted to have secured Mike's services. He has an excellent record of developing players and successful teams, and he has worked at the highest level with some of the best players in the game," Cricket Kenya chief excutive Tom Sears said in a statement.

Hesson has been credited for mentoring the New Zealand cricket brothers, Nathan and Brendon McCullum, when he was coaching state Otago, and for recruiting England Player of Year Jonathan Trott to play in New Zealand.

But he has his work cut out in his new job as the coach of Kenya. He arrives in the country with the state of the game in a disarray after most of the players refused to sign contracts to play for the national team. Only three of the 13 contracted players have been training ahead of the matches against the UAE.