Reeve takes up top job at Maharashtra

Former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve will take charge as coach of the Maharashtra Ranji Trophy team for the 2012-13 domestic season. Reeve, who has earlier worked in Pune in the Maharashtra Premier League as coach of the Raigad Royals franchise, is expected to arrive in India over the coming week.

Reeve will replace outgoing coach Shaun Williams, who will take charge of the Maharashtra Cricket Association's indoor cricket academy. Riyaz Bagwan, secretary of the MCA, said, "We have confirmed Dermot Reeve as the head coach of the Maharashtra Ranji team. We look forward to Dermot carrying on the good work done by Shaun." Reeve will be the only foreign coach in the Ranji Trophy this season. He is also Maharashtra's third foreign coach with Darren Holder and Williams being his predecessors.

Maharashtra captain Rohit Motwani knows Reeve's methods, having worked with him at the Raigad Royals. "Reeve focuses a lot on mental toughness," he said. "He can be quite an innovative coach, but places a lot of emphasis on strengthening basic skills, which is very important in four-day cricket."

Reeve was assistant coach to Geoff Marsh in the 2011 IPL season for the Pune Warriors. He has also coached English county Somerset and New Zealand team Central Districts. Reeve enjoyed a colourful tenure with Central Districts, coaching them to victory in the HRV Cup (domestic Twenty20 competition) in 2010 and also to the final of the four-day competition in 2009. He was censured and fined by the New Zealand cricket board when he accused Ravi Bopara of ball-tampering in a domestic one-dayer in 2010.

Reeve, born in Hong Kong, played three Tests for England, scoring 124 runs and picking up two wickets. He had a relatively successful ODI career scoring 291 runs batting in the lower-middle order and scalping 20 wickets. Reeve played for England in the 1992 World Cup final and was also part of the 1996 World Cup squad. He captained English county Warwickshire to three titles in the 1995 season. Reeve is also the recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), conferred on him in 1996.

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