Ex-Chevrons star Vusi Sibanda making huge coaching strides in Australia with high profile appointment

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Former Zimbabwe opening batsman Vusi Sibanda appears to be making hude strides towards a coaching career in Australia.

Sibanda was recently named by Crickt Australia as an assistant coach for the Prime Minister’s XI squad for the first class fixture played from December 6 to 9 at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The ex-Chevrons star was part of a technical team which also included former Sri Lankan international Thilan Samaraweera as they guided the strong PM’s side through their preparations for the first class fixture against Pakistan.

Sibanda has been based in Canberra for a number of years now, and is still playing locally with the Tuggeranong club, but has been leading the ACT development pathways for four seasons as a coach of ACT youth squads ahead of National Championships, and as a highly credentialed assistant coach with the ACT Meteors in the Women’ National Cricket League.

“There’s not a lot of advice I can give to these guys, they’ve all done all the work from a very young age to get to this level,” Sibanda said this week of his appointment.

“It’s going to be about me providing options for them to make sure they are good to go and perform at their best in this game.”

Having been to World Cups as a player, Sibanda is relishing the transition into coaching and passing on the lessons and experiences he gained along the way.

Coaching at a new level represents a new opportunity for him to work with players hoping to reach international level as well.

“There’s a lot of challenges on the mental side of things in international cricket, not so much the technical or the skill level – you do get tested on those, but on the mental front, it is very tough,” he said.

“It’s about being composed, trusting your processes and all the work you’ve done, and doing your best. My role will be to assist the guys and the plans they have in place through the week.”

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