Gillespie who played 71 Test Matches, taking 259 wickets and 97 One Day Internationals, taking 142 wickets for, has been arguably the most sort-after cricket coach of late.
CEO of Cricket PNG, Greg Campbell, confirmed last week Gillespie was initially appointed as a consultant on a 12-month term and will fill in as the interim Head Coach of the Barramundis following the departure of Dipak Patel.
“I'm approaching this opportunity with an open mind. PNG have some wonderfully talented cricketers and I see my role as to be there to support them in any way I can in their preparation and during game, “said Gillespie.
“I have spoken to a number of people including my good friends Andy Bichel and Brad Hogg. They spoke glowingly of the players’ skill and enthusiasm. I'm expecting the lads will be excited by the opportunities to play some quality cricket against good opposition over the next couple of months and to prepare accordingly.
“Personally I see this as an opportunity to learn about different players in another cricket environment. I will observe and offer my thoughts to players and coaches to stimulate good cricket conversations and offer any advice utilising my experience from other coaching roles,” he concluded.
The Barramundis are set for a busy few months ahead with a series of games against the National Performance Squad, the Australian Indigenous team and other Australian state sides, before hosting Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP)/World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) Round 6 fixtures in Port Moresby in October.
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