Thatscricket - News - Gilbert returns home to lead NSW cricket
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Sydney: Former Australian Test paceman Dave Gilbert is returning home with the aim of restoring New South Wales to the top of domestic cricket after being appointed its chief executive on Monday. Sydney-born Gilbert, who played nine Tests and 14 One-day Internationals, will leave his position as chief executive of England's Sussex county cricket club to take up the state position.[an error occurred while processing this directive]He was chosen from among 120 applicants and a short list of seven. After finishing his first-class playing career in 1992, Gilbert spent four years playing and coaching in Queensland before spending almost two years as cricket manager and senior coach of English county club Surrey.Gilbert, who holds a level three coaching certificate, joined rival English county Sussex in 1997 as deputy chief executive and general manager and was made chief executive in October 1999. He will fulfill his existing commitment as chief executive of Sussex before succeeding retiring NSW incumbent Brian Hughes in October."It's been 13 years to come home, but today just means so much to me. It's a dream come true, it's a job I will give my all to," Gilbert said here on Monday. "I'm a team player, that's always been my philosophy. I'll be the same here because we're all going to be in it together and restore New South Wales cricket to where it rightfully belongs which is No.1."Gilbert said he had some marketing ideas, which included making better use of local products and Test stars, such as Steve Waugh and Glenn McGrath, even though they rarely played for the Blues.