White makes ‘tough’ decision to leave Hampshire

Craig White Picture: Neil Marshall
Craig White Picture: Neil Marshall
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Craig White admitted his decision to leave Hampshire wasn’t taken lightly.

The head coach today announced he is exiting the club, bringing to an end his six-year association with the Ageas Bowl outfit.

White departs in order to spend more time with his family.

In a statement released by Hampshire, the former Yorkshire and England all-rounder admitted spending time away from his loved ones was proving ‘more and more difficult’.

However, the 48-year-old said the decision to leave was a tough one to make – and he remains proud of what he achieved during his time with the club.

White led Hampshire to their first trophy in six years, after James Vince’s side claimed the Royal London One-Day Cup crown this summer.

He also oversaw a seventh NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day appearance in eight years in 2017, as well as two Specsavers County Championship campaigns which resulted in division one survival in both 2017 and 2018.

‘I’ve had a fantastic six years at Hampshire and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve as a group in that time,’ said White.

‘Whilst it’s certainly been a tough decision and one that hasn’t been made lightly, spending long periods of time away from my family has become more and more difficult and I feel that now is the right time to return to be with them on a more permanent basis.

‘I’d like to thank everyone at the club for their support throughout the last six years – from the players to the coaching staff, members and supporters, and I wish them the very best for the future.’

White joined Hampshire’s coaching set-up in 2012, holding the positions of assistant coach and bowling specialist.

He later became head coach in November 2016, following the departure of Dale Benkenstein.

Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White, thanked the head coach for his ‘outstanding’ contributions to Hampshire over the past six years.

He said: ‘Craig has been an integral part of the club since joining us in 2012, and his dedication in that time has been outstanding.

‘We understand his decision to step down and have been aware of the difficulties of being away from his family.

‘On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank Craig for all the hard work and incredible contributions during his time here, he will be missed on both a personal and professional level.

‘We wish him and his family well for the future.’

The club will begin the process of appointing a successor in due course.