Sharp content with shake-up

01 December 2018 06:13:03 EST

Kevin Sharp is confident that Worcestershire can prosper under the leadership of Alex Gidman and Alan Richardson, following a coaching reshuffle at New Road.

Sharp has moved from his role as head coach to become head of player and coach development, leaving the front-office work to Gidman and Richardson, who are both former Worcs players.

The time was right and they are ready.

Kevin Sharp

Gidman returned to Worcester in March to become second XI coach, while Richardson was the lead bowling coach, with both men aiding the drive to glory in the T20 Blast.

And Sharp is now certain that the time is right for him to step aside and leave the team in the hands of Gidman and Richardson across all three formats.

He told the county's official website: "I've really been delighted with Alex and Alan with the way they've come back to the club, the way they've managed their own workload and the content and passion they have given the club.

"I wanted to give them both the responsibility of managing the 50-over competition initially, which we did ever so well in, and then they went on to pretty much run the T20.

"They are both lads who have recently played the game, are tactically very smart, think outside the box and are a great combination in the way they manage the players.

"It became apparent to me that they should have the responsibility of running first-team cricket. The time was right and they are ready."

Worcs are 3/1 to win the County Championship Division Two title next summer, with Sussex 11/2 and Lancashire 6/5.

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