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Alastair Maiden joins Yorkshire as one of their two new assistant coaches alongside former England fast bowler Kabir Ali.
A Stourbridge-born former Durham University batter, Maiden also played Minor Counties cricket for Staffordshire and Northumberland.
He made 10 first-class appearances in all, scoring 468 runs with a best of 211 not out opening the batting in a University fixture for Durham against Somerset at Taunton in April 2005.
Maiden has a hugely impressive coaching CV behind him, across both the men’s and women’s game.
He has previously worked at both Durham as their second-team coach and Leicestershire as the head of their Academy.
The 39-year-old was also the assistant coach of England’s senior women’s team for four years, including when they famously won the one-day World Cup on home soil in 2017.
He also spent a brief time as England women’s interim head coach in late 2019, winning six matches out of six against Pakistan in Malaysia, following the departure of Mark Robinson.
Maiden, like new second-team coach Tom Smith, joins from Leicestershire, where he spent two years as their Academy head from the start of 2020.
The Worcestershire native’s main focus will be on the batting side of things at Headingley.
On top of his county work at Grace Road, he has been in charge of the ECB’s level four coach batting module, admitting that position – which he has held for the last three years – “has been really good for me to develop my own thoughts on batting”.
His coaching career started at Durham CCC in 2007, where he initially worked as their assistant Academy coach and the Emerging Players Programme head coach.
He graduated through to become their second-team coach in mid-2013.
From 2011, he combined those duties with becoming the lead batting coach on the England women’s development programme.
He joined the ECB full-time in January 2016 as an assistant coach for England women, working with current Northern Diamonds players Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver and Lauren Winfield-Hill as well as coach Dani Hazell.
Before arriving at Headingley ahead of the 2022 summer, Maiden spent his two years as the head of Leicestershire’s Academy.