Former Leicestershire batsman Ben Smith is to return to Grace Road, after a ten-year absence, as the county’s new batting coach.
Smith, currently Worcestershire’s batting coach, will move back across the Midlands in the New Year to take up the new post, effectively filling a gap that was created when Tim Boon stepped down as Leicestershire’s senior coach 15 months ago.
“I am delighted to take this opportunity to become the batting coach at Leicestershire and to be involved with the on-going development of a very talented group of players, as well as working alongside the other coaches and also members of staff at the club,” Smith said.
“I have very fond memories of playing cricket at Grace Road as both a junior and double Championship-winning capped player, so to return and be able to give something back to the players and the club in a coaching capacity is very exciting”.
Smith will join a coaching team at Grace Road led by head coach Phil Whitticase and also including bowling coach Lloyd Tennant.
Smith, 39, was part of the Leicestershire side that won the County Championship in 1996 and again in 1998. He joined Worcestershire in 2002 and captained them in 2003 and for most of the 2004 season.
He retired from playing in 2010 and moved straight into coaching at New Road under director of cricket Steve Rhodes.
“I’m really pleased to have Ben on board as our batting coach. He brings enthusiasm, innovation and experience to the coaching team and I look forward to working with him,” said Whitticase.