Ottis Gibson has spoken of how he plans for his new coaching team to work at Headingley.
Head coach Gibson and the Yorkshire squad have arrived back from their 10-day pre-season tour of Dubai, where fellow new appointments Kabir Ali, Ali Maiden and Tom Smith were present.
Ali and Maiden have both been appointed as assistant coaches, while Smith will take charge of the county’s second team.
“Ali’s (Maiden) going to be my first-team assistant coach with an eye on batting,” explained Gibson.
“Around the first team, I will spend more time with the bowlers and Ali with the batters.
“Kabir will then work between the two squads, and Tom is the second-team coach.
“Ali’s been with England women and has worked with Leicester Academy. He has tonnes of experience.
“He’s had some really good conversations with Dawid Malan and also with the young players around grooving their games, helping them understand their games and working out any technical issues they have.
“But, really, it’s about getting them to understand that you are your best coach.
“He’s trying to get them to understand their own basics about what is right for them to make runs, and I’ll be trying to do the same as far as bowling is concerned.
“We’ve had some really good conversations already.
“If I can pick out Dom Leech. He has made a few strides already in the nine days we’ve been here, and it’s going to be exciting.
“Unfortunately, Ben Coad picked up a little groin strain at the start of the tour and wasn’t able to do much. But he’s one we’re expecting a lot from.”
Maiden, 39, Ali, 41, and Smith, 36, are all at a similar stage in their coaching careers. Young but already with significant and varied experiences.
Maiden and Smith, for example, have both coached in men’s and women’s cricket, while Ali has worked in franchise cricket, including at the Indian Premier League.
“Those guys are very keen to learn as well,” said Gibson.
“We’re all trying to create an environment where we’re all learning from each other. Like I have said about teamship, if we’re paying attention from each other, everybody grows together.
“A lot has been mentioned about an inclusive environment where we’re helping each other to get better, and that’s part of it.”
Yorkshire head into 2022 on the back of some encouraging performances and results last year, where they were the only county to qualify for Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship and the knockout stages of both the Vitality Blast and the Royal London Cup.
But they are without a trophy since 2015.
The squad now includes two new England internationals in Harry Brook and Matthew Fisher, while the overseas signing of Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf for the start of the Championship season is a significant one.
The expectation for Gibson’s squad to hit the ground running at the start of his reign will be there.
“There should be pressure on us – not pressure, but expectation to win,” he added.
“The expectation of winning should always be there, but it comes from inside the dressing room first.
“If we, inside the dressing room, really focus on that and what it takes to win and consistently win, the results outside of that should take care of itself.
“If the guys are focusing on scoring runs, taking wickets, we should be expecting to create a really positive environment that will be conducive to winning.”