Sydney - Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has appointed
interim coach of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Gillespie, who had a successful coaching stint at English
county side Yorkshire, could only take the reins on an interim basis as he has
commitments with in the Big Bash League later this year with the Adelaide
The opportunity for Gillespie to temporarily step in and
take on the coaching job of the Pacific nation came about after the Australia A
tour of South Africa was cancelled due to the on-going pay dispute between
Cricket Australia and the Australia Players Association.
PNG have a busy schedule ahead of them with games against
the Australian Indigenous team and a Queensland XI, before they take on
Scotland twice in October for 2019 World Cup qualification.
Gillespie told cricket.com.au: "I'm really excited
about it, as much to have another cricketing experience with another team and
"It broadens my experiences and broadens my learning
and hopefully it will hold me in good stead going forward.
"I'm just excited to see how these guys go about their
work. I've heard a lot of very good things.
""Papua New Guinea played against Yorkshire in Abu
Dhabi in the preseason and I spoke to a few of my friends at Yorkshire and they
said the PNG guys were fantastic."