Former fast bowler Steve Kirby has been appointed as head coach of Marylebone Cricket Club.
The 38-year-old, who took 572 first-class wickets across a career that took in spells with Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset, replaces Mark Alleyne, who stood down last October after seven years as MCC head coach.
Kirby will oversee all aspects of the club’s coaching structure, including the MCC young cricketers, who compete in the Second XI Championship, the MCC academy based at Lord’s and the club’s community coaching programmes.
“Words can’t describe how excited I am to be taking on such a prestigious role of MCC head coach,” said Kirby.
“I can’t wait to get started. Mark Alleyne did a tremendous job over the previous seven years and they are very big boots to fill.
“Lord’s has always been a special place for me and I’m truly thankful and honoured to be given this opportunity with MCC.
MCC head of cricket John Stephenson added: “In a competitive field, Steve’s passion for the role and for MCC shone through and this was a key reason why we decided to appoint him.
“He has energy, drive and commitment in spades and his ambition to drive forward all the club’s coaching structures was clear throughout the robust interview process.”