Welch named as new Assistant Coach

Leicestershire CCC are delighted to announce that Graeme Welch is joining as the club’s new Assistant Coach at the end of the 2016 season.

Welch will work alongside Pierre de Bruyn, who was recently confirmed as the club’s new Head Coach, from October 1.

Durham-born Welch has vast experience of both playing and coaching in county cricket following spells as Bowling Coach at Essex and Warwickshire before taking the reins of Derbyshire in the role of Elite Performance Director in 2014.

A highly respected player and coach throughout his career, Welch linked up with England Lions in January this year before their five-match ODI series with Pakistan A in Dubai. Welch worked with the Lions fast bowlers in a coaching party that included Andy Flower, Gary Kirsten and Worcestershire’s Steve Rhodes.

Welch, who represented Warwickshire and Derbyshire in county cricket, also played for Wellington in New Zealand in a 13-year first-class playing career.

An all-rounder who took 477 first-class wickets while scoring more than 5,000 runs in that format, Welch went into coaching after being forced to retire through injury.

Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “We’re delighted to announce Graeme as part of our new coaching structure at Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Graeme will be a fantastic assistant for Pierre with his tremendous experience of county cricket as both a player and coach.

“I’ve known ‘Pop’ for many years and I’m looking forward to him working alongside Pierre as we continue to move the club forward following the excellent work of Andrew McDonald.”

Welch said: “I’m really excited to be joining Leicestershire County Cricket Club, I’ve been looking in from afar and it’s clear that things are progressing nicely and moving in the right direction. These are exciting times at the Fischer County Ground and I can’t wait to get started in my new role.”