Canterbury Cricket are delighted to announce that recently retired BLACKCAPS and former Canterbury Wizards and Auckland Aces bowler, Chris Martin will join the Canterbury Wizards coaching staff for the first half of the 2013/14 season cricketing calendar.

Chris Martin to join Wizards Coaching Staff

Canterbury Cricket are delighted to announce that recently retired BLACKCAPS and former Canterbury Wizards and Auckland Aces bowler, Chris Martin will join the Canterbury Wizards coaching staff for the first half of the 2013/14 season cricketing calendar.

Martin has been appointed to assist in the preparation and coaching of the Wizards, Wizards ‘A’ and Wizards U19 teams for their respective tournaments.

He brings with him a wealth of recent International and Domestic playing experience.  His playing career included taking 233 test wickets in 71 matches for the BLACKCAPS and a total of 599 First Class wickets in 192 matches.  He also represented NZ in 20 ODIs and 6 T20 matches as well as playing 142 List A Domestic matches and 60 T20 Domestic matches.  Martin started his First Class career with the Canterbury Wizards in 1997/98 and played with them until 2004/05 season when he transferred to Auckland.  He has also had short stints with Warwickshire and Essex in the County championship.

Chris Martin - returning to the association where he began his first-class playing career as a coach. 

Gary Stead, Director of Cricket, is thrilled to have Martin as part of his coaching team.  "To have such a respected recent player as Chris with up to date knowledge of the International game working with our elite cricketers in Canterbury is exciting. We are absolutely delighted that Chris can give back to Canterbury, a place where he started his cricket career and we know he has fond memories of.  Even though we realise this is only a short term appointment, Chris’s presence and ability to share what professionalism and preparation to succeed at the top level means will be of great value to our players”.

Martin will start his coaching contract in mid-September.

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