Former Zimbabwe national cricket team seamer bowler Gary Brent, who retired from international cricket in 2008, has now ventured into coaching.
Brent (34) who played 70 one-day internationals and four Tests for Zimbabwe, said he wanted to give back to sport by helping to nurture upcoming youngsters in the junior ranks.
In an interview with NewsDay at the sidelines of a junior player’s clinic for youngsters from high density suburbs at the Interfin High Performance Centre, formerly the Country Club, Brent said:
“As I was getting towards the end of my career my body was getting sore and the last straw was when I broke my finger in a domestic game. I decided that it was about time I did something else and it was an easy decision to start coaching.
“It’s something that I have a passion for and I want to pass on the knowledge that I have acquired to the upcoming youngsters and see cricket develop in this country.”
Brent is a holder of a Level Three coaching certificate which he acquired in England and is also a Level Two certified fitness instructor.
Interestingly, he holds Level One coaching certificates for hockey and rugby.
Together with another former national team player David Mutendera, Brent is working with young players from schools like Chipembere Primary School in Highfield.
Brent said he had also been working with the national age group teams, the Under-13 and 19 teams and had plans of contributing to Zimbabwe Cricket’s development programmes, starting with the current coaching clinic.
The clinic, which is being sponsored by Dulux Paints, will take place over a period of 100 days every year.
It is being organised by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and Dominus Sport.
ZC’s managing director Ozias Bvute and representatives from Dominus Sport were present to hand over T-shirts to the youngsters who come from the same schools that were launch pads for most of the players in the national team.
Speaking at the sidelines of the function Bvute said: “The long term development of cricket is linked to our ability to harness talent outside our traditional domain and therefore we are targeting underprivileged children from the high density suburbs.
Together with Dominus Sport we have teamed up with various corporate companies and Dulux Paints and hope this will help us in producing future stars that will ultimately represent Zimbabwe.