Former Netherlands al-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has taken up the role of batting coach of Kent cricket team, the club confirmed on Monday. The 41-year-old all-rounder who led Essex to two Championship titles in 2017 and 2019 is considered as one of the specialists of the overseas tournaments.
He was also part of Essex when they won the 2019 T20 Blast tournament and Bob Willis Trophy in 2020. Moreover, he has played in several T20 leagues across the globe including the Indian Premier League (IPL). He played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and was part of the franchise when they won the IPL title in 2012.
“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work with Matt Walker and the Kent squad, especially with the talented group of players that have just won the Vitality Blast and will compete in Division One of next season’s County Championship,” Doeschate said.
“I’m ready to start a new chapter of my career and use my experience and that of some of the others I’ve worked with to influence and improve the players and the group,” he added.
Doeschate retired from professional cricket as a player after the 2021 season will join Kent from January 1, 2022. He will replace Michael Yardym who will return to Sussex as the Director of the club’s cricket academy.
Paul Downton reveals why team appointed Doeschate
The South-Africa-born player had made his international debut for the Netherlands in 2006 and played 33 ODI and 24 T20I matches respectively before putting curtains on his career in October 2021.
“We are delighted to welcome ‘Tendo’ to the club in addition to his recent retirement as an outstanding player. Guidance is a proven leader with two championship wins,” Kent cricket team director Paul Downton said.
“He will bring with him a winning mentality and all the experience of a successful playing career into an ambitious Kent dressing room keen to learn,” he added.