Current Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club head coach Lance Dry and current Taita Cricket Club head coach Sriram Krishnamurthy have been added to the Wellington Firebirds coaching staff for the 2019/2020 summer of cricket.
Both coaches join recently appointed head coach Glenn Pocknall at the helm of the Firebirds, Dry as assistant coach and Krishnamurthy as pathway and specialist batting coach.
It will be the first taste of professional cricket coaching for Dry, a former Wellington player and selector, having proved his credentials at club level with the highly successful Eastern Suburbs club, winner of the prestigious Pearce Cup in 16 of the last 18 years.
Dry brings a wealth of cricket knowledge to the role having made five first-class appearances for Wellington and has a strong understanding of the local crop of players.
Krishnamurthy has worked his way through the Cricket Wellington coaching system and has supported the development of some of Wellington’s best emerging talent as head coach of the under-19 and provincial A teams.
His coaching talents have also been recognised at national level, where he has been involved as the New Zealand A batting and spin bowling coach for the tour of the UAE and the one-day home series against India last summer.
He was also batting coach for last year’s Women’s Emerging Talent Programme and was head coach of the New Zealand XI for their tour match against Bangladesh last summer.
Krishnamurthy will also act as the head coach of the Wellington Provincial A team, as well as provide specialist batting coaching.
Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said Dry and Krishnamurthy were the ideal candidates to support Pocknall in leading the Firebirds into the future.
“Lance is a winner with a great cricket mind – he has impressive knowledge of our local players and will challenge our best players to be better and take the Firebirds team to an even better place.
“He leaves a successful career in banking to follow his coaching dream which is a great story in itself.
“Sriram is a hugely experienced coach and has held a number of important roles both at regional and national level.
“His wealth of knowledge and experience will be vital, especially for the development of the new crop of young talent we have coming through our system.”
Both coaches will officially begin their roles in June.