31 May 2022
Cricket Hong Kong has announced that South African Richard das Neves will join the coaching staff for Hong Kong Men’s upcoming Challenge League B – Round 2 in Uganda and ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers tournament in Zimbabwe. He will also join the squad in the respective preparation tours held in Namibia and Durban in the lead up to both tournaments.
Das Neves brings with him a wealth experience from his extensive playing, coaching and strength and conditioning background. He played professional cricket for the Lions in South Africa before entering a coaching full time. Currently das Neves works for the Titans Cricket Men’s team in South Africa as a Batting Consultant. In addition to this he recently played a support coach role for the Namibian Men’s team during their successful T20 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Hong Kong Men’s Head Coach Trent Johnston had this to say about das Neve’s appointment:
“I am very excited to welcome Richard on board. He brings with him experience from professional cricket environments as both a player and a coach alongside an appreciation of conditions in Africa which will be key in planning and tactics. He has a great all round skill set but we’ll be looking for him to work closely with our batters and honing our fielding skills. This is a significant period of cricket for us which Richard understands and I have every confidence he will add a lot of value in all areas on and off the field.”
The Hong Kong Men’s is set to depart for Namibia for a preparation tour ahead of the ICC Challenge League B – Round 2 Tournament to be held in Kampala, Uganda 14th June - 28th June 2022. The Challenge League B tournament involves six countries: Bermuda, Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya and Uganda. At the conclusion of the third round, the team finishing first will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off involving 6 teams with the top 4 gaining ODI status.
From their they will head to Durban, South Africa to prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe from the 9th – 18th July 2022.