Tallawahs reunite with winning coach
Jamaica Tallawahs have named Englishman Paul Nixon as their head coach for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League campaign.
Nixon, who led the Tallawahs to their capture of the inaugural title in 2013, replaces South African Mickey Arthur, who was earlier this month appointed Pakistan coach.
"It's great to be on board again. I'm very excited about the journey ahead. The squad that has been gathered ticks every box, and now it's time to create some spirit and get an emotional buy-in from everyone," the 45-year-old said.
"When we get our thinking right and keep calm in the big moments, then we can make some magical memories for us all that will stay forever."
Nixon is a former England international, having played 19 one-day internationals and a single T20 International.
Tallawahs general manager, Mohammad Khan, said he believed Nixon would partner well with captain Chris Gayle to bring success to the Kingston-based franchise.
"We are proud to formally announce Paul Nixon as our head coach," Mohammad Khan said.
"Paul was one of many outstanding candidates interviewed by the Tallawahs, but, in the end, we believe that Paul alongside our captain, Chris Gayle, is best suited to take the franchise forward into the 2016 CPL season."
Nixon will have as his deputy Mark O'Donnell.
HOME MATCHES CONFIRMED
Meanwhile, Tallawahs also confirmed their home matches for the new CPL campaign, which will see four contests being played from July 15-20, in the Jamaica capital.
They open the Sabina Park leg against Guyana Amazon Warriors, face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots the following day, clash with Trinbago Knight Riders - formerly Trinidad Red Steel - on July 18 before closing out against 2014 champions Barbados Tridents.
"Reflecting on last year's electric atmosphere at home, we're very much looking forward to once again defending Sabina Park and excite our passionate public with some strong performances," Tallawahs co-owner and managing director, Manish Patel, said.
"Our fans will enjoy watching the world-class established players, as well as the emerging local talent which includes the raw talent of Rovman Powell, who is the wild card in our 2016 squad. In addition, O'shane Thomas will no doubt excite those who have not seen him perform on the field."
Tallawahs also boast the likes of hometown boy Andre Russell, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, South Africa's Dale Steyn, and Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara.