Leading candidate Stuart Law has thrown his cap – a maroon one you might say – into the ring to become the new Queensland coach in the wake of Darren Lehmann’s appointment as the new Australia chief.
The former batsman captained the Bulls to five Sheffield Shield titles, including a maiden crown in 1994/95, and he scored an impressive 9,920 from 158 first-class matches for them at an average of 43.13.
Law, now aged 44, also holds UK citizenship following a successful career in county cricket with Essex, Lancashire and Derbyshire.
He has coached Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and at the Bangladesh Premier League. He was also the batting coach for Australia, and he is currently a Cricket Australia high performance coach at their Centre of Excellence in his home city of Brisbane, which includes the role of Australia’s under 19s coach.
Law even has a stand named after him at the Allan Border Field ground in Brisbane in honour of his achievements for the state, although he should have played more than one Test and 54 one-day internationals for his country.
He told the Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper: “It would be a tremendous honour to coach the state that has been a huge part of my life.
“I played with my heart on my sleeve for Queensland – I always loved putting on that maroon cap. I’d certainly bring that passion to the coaching role. There is no question about that.”
Queensland were last season’s Shield runners-up and are the current one-day Ryobi Cup champions.
The other role which needs filling following Lehmann’s departure is the coach of the Brisbane Heat, the reigning Twenty20 Big Bash League champions.
One-time Australia one-day international batsman Jamie Siddons has also been linked with the job. Siddons, Law’s predecessor as the Bangladesh coach, is currently in charge of New Zealanders Wellington.
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