Yorkshire are sifting through applications from all over the world from candidates who are interested in replacing Paul Farbrace as second-team coach.
The position was advertised after Farbrace chose to take over as Sri Lanka coach in December, having helped young talent like Alex Lees progress into the first team during his tenure at Headingley.
Since Farbrace’s announcement, many leading coaches and former players have been linked with the vacancy – including former Derbyshire coach Karl Krikken, ex-Surrey and England leg-spinner Ian Salisbury and former Australian Test cricketer Marcus North.
Mal Loye, the former Northamptonshire, Lancashire and England batsman who is currently the cricket professional at Wellingborough School, is among those thought to have applied.
Yorkshire hope they can make an appointment by next month so the new coach can begin his duties before the start of the season.
“We’ve had a great response from applicants for the second-team coaching role,” revealed Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
“Applications have been coming in on a daily basis over the past weeks, with interest from all over the world. We have some exceptional candidates and the interview process will be extremely challenging.
“I believe this is one of the most sought-after roles in county cricket. The ideal candidate will be working with some of the most talented youngsters in the country as we continue to develop pathways through to the first team.”
Under Farbrace, players like Lees, Jack Leaning, Matthew Fisher, Jonathan Tattersall, Ben Coad and Will Rhodes all played for the first team last season and Yorkshire have high hopes that other members of the Academy can progress to challenge for the first team.
In addition to his development responsibilities, the new second-team coach will also be required to work alongside head coach Jason Gillespie to plan for the new season.
Yorkshire will be looking to make amends for narrowly missing out on the County Championship title and make a more competitive challenge for one-day trophies.
“The role will also play a major part in our planning and strategy for all cricket as the new season approaches,” confirmed Moxon.
“The second-team coach will work closely with Jason in implementing strategy for one-day cricket.
“As in previous years, they will travel to all NatWest T20 Blast matches and drive our efforts in being a strong one-day outfit.”