It is always good to see a local lad do well in any sport. When it’s a Shotley Bridge lad it’s even better.
Paul Collingwood has just about done it all when it comes to lifting trophies as a player. Now he has been recognised for his outstanding leadership and motivational qualities and has been drafted into the England coaching setup for the forthcoming tour to the Caribbean and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
He brings with him a wealth of experience having played in 68 Test matches, 197 One Day Internationals and 35 Twenty20 Internationals. Paul has lifted the Ashes three times and was captain when England won the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2010.
With Paul as captain Durham County Cricket Club lifted the LV County Championship last year. This was a remarkable achievement with such a young squad and few predicted that Durham would be serious title contenders at the start of the campaign.
The following quotes from the ECB website show how highly they regard Paul.. Paul Downton, Managing Director England cricket, said: “I am delighted that Paul has agreed to join the England coaching staff for the trips to the West Indies and Bangladesh. He was an outstanding performer for England and proved himself to be a successful captain in Twenty20 cricket and the county game. We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years.
“More recently he has also demonstrated his growing coaching potential by helping mastermind Scotland’s victory in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand – a result which guaranteed Scotland a place in the ICC World Cup finals for the first time since 2007.”
Collingwood will join England on a short-term secondment from Durham, where he remains captain. Ashley Giles, the England Limited Overs Coach, added: “Colly will add great energy and a winning T20 pedigree to the tour party. We are really looking forward to his involvement.”
Everyone at Shotley Bridge Cricket Club wishes Paul well in his new role.