Simon Cook set to take charge as new director of cricket for Kent

Simon Cook will be taking over the role of Kent's director of cricket from Paul Downton at the start of October.

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Paul Downton has been performing the role of Kent's director of cricket for the past six years. However, when he revealed his intention to retire, the historic county club were looking for someone to replace him. In the end, the management has zeroed in on former fast bowler Simon Cook to take over the role of Kent's new director of cricket from October onwards.

Cook, who played for Kent between 2005 and 2012, joined the coaching staff in 2019. In between, he also performed the role of Hong Kong's head coach and high-performance manager. Cook also coached Kent on an interim basis when they won the One-Day Cup competition in 2022 and when head coach Matt Walker took a leave to work with the Oval Invincibles in the Hundred this year.

"Simon was the outstanding candidate throughout the very rigorous selection process. He provided a compelling and clear vision of how he wants the club to move forward from the pathway to the first XI, allied to a very strong view of the brand of cricket that he wants the club to play," Kent Cricket's chair, Simon Philip, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"His existing knowledge as player and coach will prove invaluable in delivering his vision. I'm sure that all members and supporters will welcome Simon to his new role."

In 141 first-class matches, Cook picked up 342 wickets. In List A cricket, he scalped 234 wickets in 190 matches. The 46-year-old also played 73 T20Is and picked up 85 wickets.

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