Coach Paul Farbrace desperate to claim silverware for Team Abu Dhabi

Australian Chris Lynn and Fabian Allan of the West Indies retained for the Abu Dhabi T10

Team Abu Dhabi in action in the 2021 event. Photo: Abu Dhabi T10
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Paul Farbrace returns as Team Abu Dhabi’s head coach on a mission to win this year's Abu Dhabi T10 at Zayed Cricket Stadium from November 22 to December 4.

Farbrace spent five years in the England men's set-up before joining Warwickshire as their head of sport and led Team Abu Dhabi to a third-place finish last year.

He will now be back in the home franchise dugout for season six of the Abu Dhabi T10, as will former England women’s international Sarah Taylor.

Taylor moved the needle for female coaches in the men's professional game when she joined the Team Abu Dhabi coaching staff last year and she will serve as Farbrace's assistant.

“I thought it was a brilliant tournament,” Farbrace said of his Abu Dhabi T10 debut last term.

“I was looking forward to it and it proved to be a fantastic tournament. You get some of the best players in the world, some of the best coaches, and it makes for a great combination.

“Sarah did a brilliant job last year and I thought her passion and her energy around the team was outstanding. I'm looking forward to seeing her expand on what she did last year, and I think she'll bring even more innovation and have an even greater impact on the team this year.”

Ottis Gibson, who has previously worked with the West Indies, England, Bangladesh and South Africa, will head the bowling department, while former Zimbabwe international Grant Flower has signed on as batting coach.

Andre Russell smashed 90 not out in 32 balls to power Deccan Gladiators to victory over Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 final at the Zayed Cricket stadium on December 4, 2021. – Abu Dhabi T10

Farbrace's side won seven out of 10 matches in the league stage of the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10, but defeats in both the second qualifier, and eliminator, saw them miss out on a place in the final.

Team Abu Dhabi eventually secured third-place and, in a bid to go all the way this time around, have already strengthened their squad by signing the hard-hitting duo of Australia's Chris Lynn and West Indian Fabian Allen.

England internationals Phil Salt and Jamie Overton have been retained, as has Afghanistan ace Naveen ul Haq.

Team Abu Dhabi's think tank will complete the squad at the player draft on September 26 and Farbrace already has his sights on leading the tournament's host franchise to their first title.

“I'm desperate to win it,” Farbrace said. “I want to win, I love winning, and I hate losing. And I think we've got a group of people that share that sentiment.

“Chris Lynn is a superstar in terms of the shorter form of the game. I'm really excited by him, and he's a destroyer of bowlers.

“He will be a real leader for us. He's someone that knows his game, is highly experienced and clear in how he wants to play the game. All I'll be saying to him is 'mate, go and entertain us. Show us how you play this game!'

“I'm also really pleased that we've managed to retain Phil Salt, Jamie Overton and Naveen ul Haq, because they're all high quality, fantastic cricketers.

“They've got a winning mentality and expectation to win is something we'll be talking about from day one, with all our players. If you're going to win tournaments like this, you need that high level of expectation, so I'm really excited by it.”

Updated: September 23, 2022, 2:52 PM