Donovan Miller is a Level 4 ECB qualified coach working in London and Essex and has recently been appointed assistant coach for the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots CPL T20 squad –
When we caught up with him, he was busy organising the Chris Gayle Foundation Charity Dinner, to be held on June 6th at the Grange Hotel St Pauls in London. Donovan is heavily involved in the project and coaches and mentors many of their cricketers
Commenting on his recent appointed he said:
“It’s a really good move personally for me at this time, not just because St. Kitts is such a wonderful place but also to go in an environment where it’s new and exciting, with exciting players there for a franchise, which hasn’t been successful in the competition, and to go there and do some great things, led by head coach Phil Simmons.
It can only be a bonus, for me and my development, it’s something I’m really looking forward to with bringing my ideas there and to learn from Phil himself and some experienced players we have in the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots squad this year.
There’s not much you can tell or say to somebody like Chris Gayle, but the good thing is he’s a really good listener, if you give him any advice and it works he will take it on board. He’s a really easy guy to get on with; he listens to everyone’s opinion and then decides what the best one for the team is.
We only have a short amount of time to get everyone together and it’s a challenge to get all the players to gel; but it’s not a real difficult job because the players there are familiar with this type of environment and they will know exactly what they need to do, so they can do the best for the team. It’s a great opportunity for them, especially the guys that have been there since last season to express their selves and make sure the franchise gets the success they’re destined for at the moment.”