Mark Alleyne hopes to bring a winning mindset to Welsh Fire

Mark Alleyne hopes to bring a winning mindset to Welsh Fire

Mark Alleyne hopes to bring a winning mindset to Welsh Fire

Mark Alleyne hopes that the collaboration with Gary Kirsten can ignite Welsh Fire’s fortunes in the hundred men this season and help the pair achieve more success with the white ball.

Welsh Fire finished last in the inaugural competition with just two wins, but Kirsten, who won this year’s Indian Premier League with the Gujarat Titans as a batting manager, reacted by changing the playing staff and bringing a winner to the series.

Alleyne enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with Gloucestershire and helped them win nine one-day titles in seven seasons between 1999 and 2006.

This included winning three consecutive Lord’s finals and would love to return to the Home of Cricket in competition to win The Hundred on September 3.

He told the PA news agency: “It puts you in a good position to be close to winning groups, so it’s important.

“Gary also has his pedigree. He just recently won the IPL and will be lively and ready to go. “

The Welsh Fire will open the Hundred on Wednesday this year with a clash at the Ageas Bowl against the champions of the Southern Brave and are the representatives of the first-class clubs Glamorgan, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Alleyne’s accomplishments are written in Gloucestershire folklore with the former England international who joined the county in 1986 and became a mainstay as a handyman, wicketkeeper and ultimately captain before taking on the role of head coach in 2004.

He left after three seasons as coach having been an integral part of one of England’s most successful one-day teams with two Benson & Hedges Super Cup triumphs accompanied by four C&G Trophy – formerly known as the NatWest Trophy – successes and a solitary Sunday League victory during a 2000 campaign in which the highs of the white ball won.

“Once that’s happening, you may not appreciate it as much, but looking back in retrospect, it was a fantastic ride and hasn’t been matched properly since then,” mused the 54-year-old.

“In a way, the secret is that there is no secret! It’s just accepting and demanding every inch of the whole team and not backing down or relying on certain people to win a game.

“The best teams can welcome everyone and make them feel special, even if their moment was only five or 10 minutes, or three balls, whatever it might take. I think that’s how you get a really consistent level of performance from the whole group. “

Given Alleyne’s decorated playing career and the good start of his life as a manager, winning the C&G Trophy in 2004 and leading Gloucestershire to their only Twenty20 final in 2007, a sense of bewilderment remains that he then spent more than a decade absent. from the county game.

He is honest enough to admit it was partly due to his decision to spend more time with his young family, but he found many closed doors despite a long stint as head coach of the MCC.

It was Gloucestershire and former teammate Ian Harvey who gave him a path last year as one of their part-time assistant coaches and he has since toured the West Indies and Holland with white ball teams from ‘England.

Alleyne added: “It’s really exciting for me to come back.

“It wasn’t all cricket’s fault. Yes, I went to MCC (in 2009) to really improve and understand my overall coaching philosophy. I thought I was going to stay there for three, maybe four years and then be ready to go back to first class cricket. It was at that moment that I couldn’t find any opportunities.

“Then I took my eyes off the first-class ball a bit, but once my kids reached an age where I was happy with where they were, I started to engage again and a few options have emerged so far.

“I’ve had some great opportunities with England, Gloucestershire and now the Welsh Fire. I feel the next four or five years are going to be quite exciting ”.

After an extended absence, Alleyne wants to seize the moment and play a role in helping inspire a new generation of black coaches.

In an alternate world, Alleyne is England’s white ball coach and Kirsten is responsible for organizing the national test after they both took interviews this summer, but instead aim to devise a turnaround of the Welsh Fire .

Going from the bottom to 100 winners in 12 months could help Alleyne realize a long-term ambition.

“I would love to see more black coaches out there,” he insisted. I hope if anything this gives everyone the encouragement to fully qualify, get involved and at least give them a chance for a role.

“I believe I have the skills and this is how I have always operated. First I look at myself and say that I can do this job and make an impact on the English team? When I can say yes to myself, of course I will be able to deal with it.

“I wouldn’t do anything for tokenism, I’m not wired that way, but at the moment I really feel I can have an impact on England cricket and I’d love to do it with the national team.”

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