From Twenty20 gun for hire, to glove for hire. Luke Ronchi starts the next phase of his cricket career this weekend, with a long-term eye to coach and mentor his potential Black Caps wicketkeeping successor.
Ronchi is one of 15 current or former New Zealand internationals signed with teams in England's Twenty20 Blast, which starts early on Saturday (NZT) and runs till September 2. He'll play for Leicestershire.
"I played cricket for so long and had so many guys help out with my career and I think I'm in a position to do the same thing. There aren't too many wicketkeeping coaches around. To try and give back in that sense, and even help out during the summer with BJ Watling, and others. Just the knowledge I've gained from keeping for as long as I have, you've got to pass it on and help people get better," said the former Aussie keeper.
Ronchi learned from the best, growing up in Perth. He was clubmate of Adam Gilchrist's and they played for Western Australia. "I watched him and hung around him as much as I possibly could. He's a pretty good role model and mentor, on and off the field, and was someone I looked up to."
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