Former South Africa star Herschelle Gibbs begins new innings as coach of Kuwait men's team

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Gibbs has kick-started his coaching career.

Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs has been appointed as the new coach of the Kuwait national team.

Gibbs was officially appointed as the coach of the middle-east nation on February 18 during the conclusion of Kuwait Cricket’s annual general meeting, the Kuwait Times reported on Tuesday.

The maverick Proteas cricketer was in the news recently after India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin responded with a match-fixing jibe to his Twitter banter.

Gibbs was on hand to attend the AGM at the Kuwaiti capital, where he was called on to the stage by the president Haider Farman.

During the meeting, plans were also laid out for the men’s team preparations for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in April.

On his part, the South African expressed excitement on his appointment and stressed the importance of fitness and team work to achieve short and long term goals.

The gifted former batsman has 90 Test caps, 248 ODI and 23 T20 appearances for his country in a 15 year long international career.  He scored over 8,000 runs in the one-day format with the help of 21 hundreds while scoring over 6,000 runs in Test cricket on the back of 14 tons.

He is most fondly remembered for smashing an 111-ball 175 against Australia at the Wanderers to help South Africa chase down a world-record 434 in an ODI during 2006.

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Kapil Dev urges Virat Kohli to play county cricket to improve record in England

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Kapil Dev wants Kohli to be able to score runs in every condition.

Former India skipper Kapil Dev has advised Virat Kohli to test his mettle in the county cricket circuit if he wants to prepare himself for the tour of England.

The legendary all-rounder had led India to their maiden ICC World Cup crown in 1983, on English soil. While speaking to the British media, Kapil Dev emphasised on the point that Kohli should be able to score runs in all conditions to be considered a true great of the game.

“Practice makes a man perfect. One has to practise those conditions,” he said.

“The bar which we as cricketers set for these people is that you have to be good in all conditions. That’s what we used to say about Allan Border or Vivian Richards or Sunil Gavaskar – they were players to play any part, anywhere, any kind of conditions, they used to perform.

“Virat Kohli, the question mark is in front of him, it’s there. He has to get runs where it is considered to be the toughest conditions in the world.”

India are slated to tour England in June this year n for five Tests, as many ODIs and a sole T20. Kohli, who has been scoring run for fun of late, has a dismal record in England compared to his remarkable numbers in other parts of the world.

The right-handed batsman had averaged a measly 13.4 on his last tour of the country in 2014.

The 29-year-old has previously expressed his desire to test himself in county cricket. However, with his commitments to the Indian Premier League (IPL), it will be a difficult call for the Indian skipper to make since it clashes with the county season.

Kapil Dev believes a season or two in county cricket could do Kohli a world of good.

Kapil Dev led India to its first World Cup title in 1983.

Kapil Dev led India to its first World Cup title in 1983.

“What we’re seeing, with his temperament, I think he’s good enough. It all depends if he gets a good start. He has the ability,” he stated.

“If he can play a season or two in English county cricket there would be nothing wrong, because if you want to be the best player in the world you have to get runs everywhere.”

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma have signed up for county teams for the 2018 season after missing out on the IPL auctions earlier.

Previously, many Indian stalwarts have tried their hand in England’s domestic competition. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Rahul Dravid and Ravichandran Ashwin have all had various stints in county cricket over the course of their careers.

While his multi-million dollar deal with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL means it is impossible that the Indian superstar will play county cricket any time soon, it would be great to see Kohli take up the challenge of county cricket somewhere down the line.

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David Warner accepts charges by match referee, free to play in second Test against South Africa

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The Australian deputy skipper has not contested the charges against him.

David Warner will be available to play the second Test between South Africa and Australia after accepting a Level 2 sanction from ICC match referee Jeff Crowe for his spat with Quinton de Kock.

The Australian deputy skipper’s ugly verbal row with the Proteas wicket-keeper was revealed as leaked CCTV footage of the incident was released on the fourth day of the opening Test between the two sides at Durban.

The video showed Warner having to be physically restrained by his team-mates as he tried to confront the South African on the way to the dressing rooms during the tea interval.

The volatile character has come under fire from several former players, including ex-South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, for his disciplinary problems.

Warner has now accepted his role for the Level 2 breach of ICC’s code of conduct which has been accompanied by a fine of 75 per cent of his match fees or approximately $13,500. He will also receive three ICC demerit points for his offence, meaning he will be free to take part in the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

Four demerit points in the space of 24 months would mean the Australian being automatically suspended for one Test or two ODIsT20Is, whichever comes first.

De Kock had been handed a Level 1 charge by the match referee for bringing the game into disrepute for his part in the spat. Both the players had 24 hours to respond to the charges. While Warner and the Australians have accepted the charges, it remains to be seen if South Africa will do the same for de Kock.

The visitors had claimed a 118-run victory in the opening Test to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. The second Test at Port Elizabeth gets underway on Friday.

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