Former Ireland cricketer Trent Johnston has been announced as the next Hong Kong cricket coach as they gear up for the T20 World Cup Qualifiers to be held in the UAE in October. He has earlier coached the Ireland women’s team and took on acted as a National Academy Fast Bowling coach.
The man who famously skippered the Ireland cricket team past the might of their Pakistan opponents to the Super 8’s at the ICC World Cup in 2007 - Trent Johnston - has been appointed as the new coach of the Hong Kong cricket team. Johnston will take full control of the national team as they prepare for the T20 World Cup Qualifiers which are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates from October onwards.
The Australia-born cricketer has previously served as coach of the Ireland women’s cricket team and has also worked as a part-time National Academy fast bowling coach as well.
“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 help develop future generations of Hong Kong cricketers to continue the team’s rise in the global standings,” Johnston said in an official statement after his appointment.
Johnston made his international debut for Ireland in 2004 after moving to Europe. In Twelve years, he played 67 ODIs, 33 First Class matches and 30 T20 Internationals after which he moved back to Australia to coach his home state - New South Wales. The towering pacer won two domestic one day trophies with NSW but departed the role in March 2018.