Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

New Zealand's Franklin to stand down as Durham coach

James Franklin is to leave his post as Durham coach at the end of the season, the English cricket county announced Saturday.

The former New Zealand international took over in 2019, with the team in the Second Division of the County Championship after being relegated by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2016 following a financial collapse.

Franklin guided the team to the 2021 One-Day Cup final, where they were beaten by Glamorgan, and maintained Durham's tradition of producing England cricketers, with Alex Lees, Matthew Potts and Brydon Carse all earning international debuts during his time at the Riverside.

"I have enjoyed my time at Durham Cricket," said Franklin in a club statement. "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 41-year-old added: "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."