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South African Walter named Otago coach

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/07/2016
Rob Walter during his time with the Proteas. © Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images Rob Walter during his time with the Proteas.

South African Rob Walter has been appointed head coach of Otago Volts for the next two summers of New Zealand domestic cricket.

Walter will take the reins from September 5, leaving a four-year role as coach of the Centurion-based Eastern Titans. He has also held assistant coaching roles with Indian Premier League sides Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils.

Walter, who replaces Nathan King, was also on the coaching staff of the South African national side from 2009-2012.

The progress made by the New Zealand team in recent years under Mike Hesson - a former Otago coach - was one reason for Walter's shift.

"To now be part of the system that feeds the national side is a very exciting challenge. I hope I'll be able to make a meaningful contribution to this pipeline," Walter said in a New Zealand Cricket statement.

Walter admitted to South African media that ambition was also behind his shift.

He said experiencing a different environment is important in the all-round development of any coach.

"I aspire to coaching a national team and after talking to various people I realised that in the short term the Proteas job is not going to happen for me.

"I want to put myself in a position so that if it happens in the long term I will have the experience."

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