Hampshire appoint Adrian Birrell as first-team manager 

Adrian Birrell has been appointed Hampshire first-team manager. Picture: PA
Adrian Birrell has been appointed Hampshire first-team manager. Picture: PA
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Adrian Birrell has been appointed Hampshire’s new first-team manager. 

The former South Africa assistant coach moves to the Ageas Bowl on a three-year deal.

He takes on first-team management duties following the departure of former head coach Craig White in October.

Birell left his role at Mzansi Super League outfit Paarl Rocks to move to Hampshire.

The South African spoke of his pride and is targeting success in the County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and T20 Blast with the Ageas Bowl outfit in 2019.

He said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as Hampshire’s first-team manager.

‘While I was with the Proteas, we played at the Ageas Bowl in 2017 and I was very impressed with the world-class facilities.

‘I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of cricketers and look forward to competing for honours in all three formats.

‘It is a wonderful opportunity for me personally and I can't wait to get started in the new year.’

Birrell enjoyed a first-class playing career spanning more than a decade.

He represented both Eastern Province and County Districts in his native South Africa from 1984, before retiring in 1997.

During his coaching career, he was in charge of Ireland for five years. In that period, Birrell saw them move into the top 10 of the ICC World Rankings, as well as reaching Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup. 

Hampshire director of cricket, Giles White, is delighted to have Birell on board. 

He said: ‘Adi is someone who is well respected throughout the cricketing world and has a reputation for improving individual and team performance. 

‘He brings experience, a sense of enjoyment and a genuine passion for the game and the people that play it.

‘I’m looking forward to working with him.’