The Manchester Originals’ women’s team is all set to get a new head coach. Former Lancashire and England left-arm spinner Stephen Parry will be coaching the team.
The team’s ex-coach Paul Shaw stepped down as the head coach which opened the doors for Parry. Belonging to Manchester, Parry played 249 games for Lancashire achieving the record of being the county’s all-time leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket. Some of his marvellous deeds include 118 runs at 24.88 along with an impressive fifer against Worcestershire (5 for 13) in 2016. Having played two ODIs and five T20Is for England, he retired in 2020.
“I’m extremely grateful for the role I’ve been given as the new Head Coach for Manchester Originals women’s team,” Parry said. “The growth of the women’s game is revolutionary and, being a proud Mancunian myself, it is an honour to be a part of this team.”
Parry was previously an assistant coach to Paul Shaw for the same team. “I’m very much looking forward to the tournament and all that we can achieve and I’m sure we will have the whole city behind us.”
Originals’ management welcomed Parry
Even with lesser experience as a coach, the team management showed full faith in Parry in a long discussion.
“The Manchester Originals Board and Management consulted at length about this appointment, but despite Parry’s relative inexperience as a coach they decided to give him the opportunity to start to fulfil his undoubted potential. Other determining factors were establishing continuity in the coaching structure, maintaining strong local links with Manchester and what it stands for, and rewarding someone with real drive and ambition to succeed.”
The ex-coach had few words to add to his departure and Parry’s promotion to being a coach, “It’s been a great privilege to have worked with such a forward-thinking franchise as the Manchester Originals. I think Stephen Parry is a great appointment and would like to wish him and the team every success in the future. I have no doubt of the impact he will have with the Manchester Originals”.