Former Australian Wicket Keeper Ryan Campbell has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Durham County Club on a three-year deal. Ryan Campbell will assume charge from the coming Monday with an aim to rejig the fortunes of the side.
Campbell had a brilliant six-year stint with the Netherlands cricket team. He was hailed after the side’s impressive performance at the recently concluded T-20 World Cup in Australia. The Netherlands ultimately finished in the top eight and automatically qualified for the upcoming edition of the championship.
Meanwhile, Durham has not renewed the contract with former head coach and ace New Zealand batsman James Franklin. Franklin’s dismissal is acclaimed to the disappointing performance by the side in the 2022 season where they finished in the bottom three at all the major championships including County, Royal London One-Day Cup and the Vitality T20 Blast.
Notably, Campbell will be working alongside some national side veterans at his stint with Durham. Durham squad incubates amateur paceman Matt Potts, Alex Lees and Brydon Carse who had recently made their debut in England’s national test team.
Campell’s return from illness stronger than ever
Campbell had unfortunately suffered a major cardiac arrest in April following which he was in a coma for a week. However, he returned back strongly and joined the Netherlands camp and guided the side to a famous victory against South Africa that turned the fortunes of the championship.
Ryan Campbell will be associated with Durham until the end of the 2025 season. Addressing the media, Campbell stated that he is extremely delighted, pleased and honoured to join the Durham camp. He is looking forward to working with the national stars as well as blazing domestic talent. Durham will likely aim to refurbish their performance and develop the spirit for a turning season in the domestic circuit of 2023.