Jeremy Bray coaching Denmark
Former Ireland international Jeremy Bray will be coaching Denmark at World Cricket League Division 4 in Singapore next month.
Bray played 83 times for Ireland between 2002 and 2009, including Ireland's famous 2007 World Cup run in the West Indies. He scored a century in the tied game against Zimbabwe in that tournament, and his highest score for Ireland was 190 against the UAE in the 2005 Intercontinental Cup. Only Eoin Morgan has made a higher score for Ireland in a first-class match.
He is currently focussing on developing a coaching career, and has signed a deal with the Danish Cricket Federation to coach the national side initially up to and including the World Cricket League Division 4 tournament at the end of June. There is the option for the deal to be extended should Denmark gain promotion to Division 3.
Bray has been working with the senior players and the elite level youth players in recent weeks, and has been impressed with what he has seen so far. In an interview on the DCF website he said that some of the playing standards are as good as Irish cricket, though the lack of opportunities to play has a negative impact. He complimented the Danish indoor facilities, saying they were better than any available in Ireland, but identified an issue with outdoor facilities where outfield grass can often be too long.
He is being assisted in coaching by long time Danish international Frederick Klokker and one time England Test player Amjad Khan, and has identified the huge impact having two former professional cricketers involved is having on the young Danish players.
Khan was released by Sussex over the winter, and has returned to the Danish set up to play as well as act as an assistant coach to Bray. The 33 year old played one Test and one T20I on England's tour of the West Indies in 2009, but fell out of favour soon after.
Bray's first matches in charge came earlier this month when they played two one-day matches against Guernsey at Blackstone in Sussex. The first game saw Denmark post 215, with Zameed Khan scoring 45. Amjad Khan, playing his first game for Denmark since the 2001 ICC Trophy, took three wickets early on in the Guernsey innings, and the Channel Islanders never recovered, being bowled out for 187.
Khan was rested for the second game, and Guernsey batted much better, scoring 246. Zameed Khan then scored 104 from 111 balls as Denmark completed a 2-0 series win with a six wicket win.
A successful start to Bray's international coaching career, and he will be hoping to continue that start when he takes his charges to Singapore. As well as the hosts, Denmark will come up against European rivals Jersey and Italy in addition to Oman and Malaysia.