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Cricket Hong Kong appoints Trent Johnston as national coach

16 July 2019

HONG KONG, 16 July 2019

Cricket Hong Kong is delighted to announce the appointment of former Ireland captain and New South Wales head coach Trent Johnston as the new head coach of the Hong Kong, China National Men’s team, effective August 2019.

Johnston takes over from Simon Cook, who announced in April that he would be relocating to the United Kingdom.

The 45-year old brings a wealth of experience in ICC Associate Member cricket and a history of success both as a player and coach to the Hong Kong role.

Johnston made his debut for Ireland in 2004 and went on to play 67 ODIs, 33 First Class and 30 T20 International matches for Ireland, becoming a mainstay in the side through his retirement from playing in 2013.

He captained Ireland to its first ever Cricket World Cup in 2007, where they claimed notable victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh, and later published a book about the team’s exploits in the world championship entitled, “Raiders of the Caribbean”.

Johnston’s captaincy at that World Cup in particular hints at his ability to motivate. He led Ireland to a dramatic tie against Zimbabwe in their first match in 2007 before beating Pakistan - Johnston hit the winning runs - to record one of the biggest upsets in cricket history.

Johnston's career-best figures of 5 for 14 set up Ireland's win over Canada in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in 2009, and in the same year he nearly led Ireland to its first victory over England taking four wickets at the top of the order before hitting an unbeaten 20.

Following his playing career, Johnston spent almost five years in various coaching roles at New South Wales, initially starting as assistant coach under current England coach Trevor Bayliss, before taking over as head coach in 2015 and leading the squad to domestic one-day cup champion titles in his first two seasons.

Johnston will begin his role in Hong Kong in late August with an immediate focus on preparations for the upcoming ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in October.

Commenting on the appointment, Johnston said, “I am excited to be taking the next step of my coaching career in Hong Kong.

“Cricket Hong Kong has great potential and a highly talented elite player group. I look forward to working closely with the players and management team to prepare for the T20 World Cup qualifiers in the short-term and to helping develop future generations of Hong Kong cricketers to continue the team’s rise in the global standings.”

Mark Farmer, Cricket Hong Kong’s High Performance Manager welcomed Johnston’s appointment.

“Trent is a highly respected and established cricketer and coach who brings with him a wealth of experience. He is enthusiastic about this new opportunity and has a clearly articulated vision for driving Cricket Hong Kong forward.

We are looking to rebuild and push towards regaining ODI status. We believe Trent has the experience, skill and ambition to take us forward to achieve this common goal.

The appointment follows an extensive recruitment process and the selection panel was impressed by the number and quality of applicants. Trent will be an invaluable addition to Cricket Hong Kong and I look forward to welcoming him on board.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Simon Cook for his hard work and commitment to Cricket Hong Kong and wish him and his family the very best as they relocate back to the United Kingdom.”