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James Franklin to leave Durham Cricket at the end of the season

James Franklin
James Franklin
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High Performance Coach James Franklin will depart Durham at the end of the season when his contract comes to an end.

Franklin, who joined Durham in 2019, has overseen a period of transition in the club’s history and was tasked with implementing a high-performance team and strategy to take the club forward.

The club have seen progress made on the field and behind the scenes during his spell in charge despite the challenges of the covid pandemic.

Despite the challenges, Franklin developed a squad which reached the Royal London One Day Cup Final in 2021 and he successfully continued the club’s tradition of developing

England players. Alex Lees, Brydon Carse and Matthew Potts all made their England debuts during Franklins spell in charge and a number of young prospects were given opportunitiesand are now established first team players.

Franklin said: “I have enjoyed my time at Durham Cricket. It has been a privilege to work with my fellow support staff and a great group of players.

“The progression of pathway players into the first team and first team players onto the international stage has been pleasing. The Royal London Cup campaign in 2021 was a particular highlight. The time is now right for me to explore other opportunities to develop my coaching career. I would like to thank everyone at Durham Cricket and wish the Club every success for the future.”

Durham Cricket, Director of Cricket, Marcus North said: “We would like to thank James for all of his efforts over the past 4 years. He has been completely dedicated to the club since his first day in post and shown unwavering commitment to develop the squad. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with James and we wish him every success in his future pursuits.”