STUART LAW JOINS MIDDLESEX AS HEAD COACH
Stuart Law has been appointed as the new Middlesex Head Coach on a four year contract.
The highly regarded former Australian cricketer, 49, will leave his current position as the West Indies coach in December, at the conclusion of the team’s tours of India and Bangladesh, and start his new challenge at Lord's in January. Law will be Head Coach in all forms of Middlesex cricket - First-Class, List A and T20.
Richard Goatley, the Chief Executive Officer of Middlesex Cricket, said: "We are delighted that Stuart has agreed to lead our talented young squad into the future. His enthusiasm, experience, cricket knowledge and proven track record clearly set him apart as the outstanding candidate in what was an extremely strong field of applicants."
Law played one Test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia, and became the most successful captain in modern domestic Australian cricket by leading Queensland to five Sheffield Shield titles and two one-day trophies. He played 14 consecutive seasons in England for Essex, Lancashire and Derbyshire, during which he scored almost 25,000 runs.
Law was viewed as a hard but fair captain and on his retirement from playing moved seamlessly into a career as a coach, initially as assistant coach to the Sri Lankan team in 2009 and then as Head Coach. He then went on to be the Head Coach of Bangladesh. Law was named the Head Coach of the West Indies team in January 2017.
Angus Fraser, Middlesex Cricket's Managing Director of Cricket, said: "We have always tried to recruit the right kind of person at Middlesex and we believe Stuart is the right man to build on the foundations laid over the past decade. He will provide a fresh voice and a fresh vision to inspire our players, and drive them towards our twin goals of promotion back to Division One of the county championship and limited overs success.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard Johnson for leading the 1st XI in the county championship since July. Richard has done an excellent job since taking over from Richard Scott and has helped Middlesex finish the season on a positive note. I would also like to thank Daniel Vettori for his time and commitment to Middlesex as T20 coach. During the two spells Daniel had with us, he made a really positive impression on everyone at the Club and we are grateful that he has been so understanding that the arrival of a new coach means that his specialist role will not be required next year.”
Law said: "It is a great privilege to be asked to coach Middlesex and to accept one of the plum jobs in world cricket. I have very much enjoyed my time with the West Indies and wish the staff and players every success. There is never a good time to leave but the opportunity to work with Middlesex for 4 years at the home of cricket was too good to decline.”