Chris Gayle (L) Richard Pybus (C) and Carlos Brathwaite (R) of West Indies take part in a training session one day ahead of the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, on February 19, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has pulled off quite a coup with the appointment of Richard Pybus as their Cricket Club’s head coach and director of cricket.
Pybus comes into the role not only as the former coach of Cape Cobras, Titans and Border but also sports international experience having worked as the mentor-in-chief of Pakistan and the West Indies. He has also held roles with English county Middlesex, IPL outfit Kolkata Knight Riders and the Bangladesh national team.
Former Pakistan coach lands UWC top job
The seasoned coach has already begun working to prepare UWC for the Varsity Cup, University Sports South Africa tournaments and Western Province Cricket Association premier league which await in the upcoming season.
Pybus has proven to be a coach that embraces new ideas and technology while championing a holistic approach to coaching and player management.
UWC have produced young Proteas prospects in Lizaad Williams and Zubayr Hamza, and the appointment of a coach of the calibre of Pybus speaks to their ambition to churn out more internationals and win honours on the club and varsity scene.
“We are delighted to welcome Richard as director of cricket. Richard has vast domestic and international experience that can only benefit aspiring young cricketers in the Western Cape,” the University of the Western Cape Cricket Club’s Nick Kock told Club Cricket SA.
“Richard’s role includes taking charge of the first XI, player development of our high-performance group, mentoring our coaches and assisting with our outreach program in the Western Cape.”
UWC nurturing grass roots development
Pybus joins an organisation committed to enabling transformation through grassroots development. UWC supports the process with its backing of the Sports Skills for Life Skills programme, an NGO that assists primarily young cricket players from mostly marginalized communities to gain access to further education.
Titans seamer Williams came through that programme and is now an established franchise and provincial performer on the fringes of the national team.