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Cricket NSW: Shipperd to lead NSW Blues

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Cricket New South Wales is delighted to announce the appointment of Greg Shipperd as Head Coach of the NSW Blues.

With over three decades of experience and the most successful domestic coaching record in history, Shipperd will now turn his focus to restoring the Blues back into a title winning force.  

Playing 112 first-class matches, averaging over 40 with the bat, in a long career with Western Australia and Tasmania, Shipperd remains one of the most respected coaches in world cricket.  

Over 11 years coaching Tasmania and 12 years leading Victoria, Shipperd’s teams were regular Sheffield Shield finalists, winning four titles (Victoria 2003-04, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2014-15), as well as a handful of domestic One-Day Cup and T20 crowns (including back-to-back victories with the Sydney Sixers in BBL|09 and BBL|10).  

Known for both his technical and tactical expertise, as well as his player-management skills, Shipperd has also coached the Melbourne Stars in the BBL, the Delhi Capitals in the IPL and filled several consultancy roles around the world. 

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon lauded the appointment, sighting Shipperd’s all-round experience and capabilities. 

“Greg Shipperd’s relentless pursuit of excellence on and off the field is precisely what we believe we need to move our Blues program forward,” Germon said. 

“He is aligned with our values and vision, and we look forward to him delivering success.”  

Of his appointment, Shipperd said: 

“I have enjoyed immensely my involvement with NSW cricket over the past eight seasons. I feel I can make a contribution to this current playing group as they embark on an exciting future out of our new home, Cricket Central.

“The NSW cricket system remains strong and enjoys a storied history of excellence. I am drawn to providing my experiences to meet the expectations of that history.” 

CNSW Chief of Cricket Performance Greg Mail will lead the Blues’ program moving forward, with current Head of Male Elite Cricket Michael Klinger turning his focus to T20 cricket, with the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder in the BBL, and an increased workload with the Washington Freedom franchise heading into the inaugural Major League Cricket season in the USA. 

Mail said he was thrilled to have landed Shipperd’s signature.  

“While Greg’s record as a senior coach speaks for itself, his passion for delivering success for NSW is evident,” Mail said. 

“We discussed the role with a number of highly credentialed domestic and international coaches, and it quickly became apparent Greg was the right person to lead us forward. 

“I’m looking forward to building the coaching team around Greg and working closely with him. No one here is happy with our recent performances, and we are determined to do what it takes to improve.” 

Shipperd will commence in the role immediately, with the Blues due to return for pre-season at the beginning of June. Shipperd will additionally continue in his role leading the Sydney Sixers in BBL|13.

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