Tejas Rathi ∙ Sep 14 2022, 8:10 PM

Royal London Cup: Darren Stevens hints at a coaching role for Kent

image-l81uzbzaDarren Stevens (PC: Twitter)

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens has expressed his interest to feature as a player-cum-coach for the team in the near future. 

Last month, Kent announced that the club would not be offering a contract extension to Stevens, after he missed most of the action this year due to a calf injury. On the flipside, the Canterbury-based team signed Joey Evision, who is likely to fill the boots of Stevens. 

However, Stevens produced as scintillating knock of 84* off 65 balls, laced with 11 fours and three sixes in the semi-finals of Royal London One Day to help Kent reach the Finals. 

The 46-year-old will be one of the key players for Kent in the Finals against Lancashire on 17 September, which will also be his last appearance for the Club. 

He will end his career with more than 25,000 runs and over 800 wickets across all three formats. 

Looking at his future, Stevens thinks he wants to continue as a player for the club and also help the players in overcoming their difficulties in the role of a coach. 

“I’m looking for more of a player/coach role,” said Stevens. 

“But my heart is with Kent and my heart is with these lads who are playing. We’ve shared a lot of emotions together as a group. I speak to a lot of them daily as it is, mentoring and talking game plans. 

"If people are struggling a bit, I get a phone call or they come round for a beer or a coffee and we talk it out. I just wish I could be more hands on.”

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