Worcestershire batsman Ben Smith is to retire from playing at the end of the season and take over as assistant coach at the club from 1st October.
Smith, 38, has been gaining his coaching qualifications during his playing career, which will come to an end following spells at Leicestershire and Central Districts as well as Worcestershire, who he joined ahead of the 2002 season.
"I have taken the difficult decision to retire from playing at the end of this season," Smith said.
"Over the years I have taken my coaching qualifications and hope to obtain my Level 4 in the very near future. To have the opportunity to start my 'second' career with such a talented group of players at Worcestershire is greatly appreciated."
Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes added: "Ben has had a wonderful playing career with both Leicestershire and ourselves and I am delighted he has agreed to join our coaching team on a full time basis. He will continue to work with our contracted and academy players in developing fielding skills whilst taking on additional roles including 1 to 1 specialist coaching, match preparation and video analysis. He will be of great assistance to both Damian and myself as we develop our young squad in the years ahead."
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