Cricket

Mark Boucher named Titans coach

2016-08-22 11:06
Mark Boucher (Gallo)
Centurion - Former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher was named new head coach of the Titans franchise on Monday.

He takes over from Rob Walter, who recently left the Titans to join New Zealand’s Otago Volts as head coach.

Boucher, 39, played 147 Tests for the Proteas before his career was cut short by an eye injury in 2012.

He has recently helped out at the Proteas on a consultancy basis.

“I am stoked by the opportunity to get back into domestic cricket. Upon my retirement, I realised I would not be able to play the game any longer, but to be involved in the capacity as coach of a domestic power house like the Titans is thrilling,” Boucher said via a press statement.

“I would like to fully utilise the opportunity to develop the skills of the Titans squad even more. Rob has left behind an enormous legacy, and it will be big boots to fill.

“But my challenge is to leave my own footprint and to make a seamless transition in association with a mature and enormously determined group of stars,” he added.

Jacques Faul, chief executive of the Titans, welcomed Boucher’s appointment: “We are privileged to gain the experience and the astute leadership and knowledge of one of the legends of South Africa as our senior coach,”

“We believe it is the perfect fit. We naturally play an explosive brand of cricket. Boucher never shirked his responsibilities in the eye of the storm. He believed that the best form of defence was to attack. And he did so on countless occasions when the circumstances demanded defiance,” said Faul.

“He will be an asset to the Titans and we are looking at Boucher to entrench our position as a domestic cricketing leader on and off the field.”

Behind the scenes footage of the unveiling of the Titans' new head coach, Mark Boucher - Titans' Facebook page

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