Usually, nations prefer coaches hailing from within the country. However, the trend is changing a lot in recent times. Now, preference is given to the value a coach can add and even for a coach, the priority is a good career. Hence, some individuals get a chance to coach their rival countries. Here, we take a look at three individuals who are coaching the arch-rivals of their home nations in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
1) Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) – Bowling Coach of Australia
Trans-Tasman rivalry is one of the most fiercest rivalries in international sport. While it is a bit less intense in cricket, in many other sports, the neighbouring nations compete very passionately. In cricket, as well, at times, we have this rivalry come to the fore with some nail-biting matches.
In this context, it is a big thing that one of the Kiwi legends is the bowling coach of Australia. Vettori has been associated with Australia for a while now. It needs to be seen how he would do against New Zealand in the World Cup.
2) Matthew Mott (Australia) – Head Coach of England
Hence, it is a surprise that the England Head Coach actually is from Australia. Matthew Mott has done well with the Australian Women’s Team and hence, he got this chance.
3) Shane Jurgensen (Australia) – Bowling Coach of New Zealand
As mentioned earlier, the Trans-Tasman rivalry is also one of the fiercest rivalries in sport. Here, as well, we have an Aussie working for a Kiwi Team.
Shane has done a good job despite having some injury issues in the setup. He will want to help the Kiwis lift the title for the first time in the ongoing edition.