Former West Indies fast bowler Franklyn Rose hopes to coach young Queenstown cricketers this summer.
Rose, 40, now based in Auckland, visited the resort last week.
“I would love to be involved with cricket in Queenstown, mostly cricket development, going to schools, local clubs,” he tells Mountain Scene.
The Jamaican – who played 19 Tests from 1997 to 2000 and took 53 wickets – says he fell in love with New Zealand when touring with the West Indies in 1999.
“I said, ‘I want to make it my home when I retire’, so this is exactly what I’m doing.” he says.
Rose, who’s played club cricket in Auckland during the past two seasons, says he can still bowl as fast as NZ’s quickest bowler. “Which is sad … that means there’s a lot of work to be done in NZ,” he says.
“I still can get it up to 140kmh on a good day but won’t be able to walk the next day.”
Rose says his favourite NZ opponents were batsman Nathan Astle – “on his day he’s a destroyer” – and all-rounder Chris Cairns.
“I think he’s underrated – I wish he was still playing. Stephen Fleming was one of the all-time greatest in terms of captaincy.”
Rose regrets flat pitches in the West Indies aren’t conducive to fast bowling these days: “We as fast bowlers love to hit batsmen in the head and you don’t get that any more in the West Indies.
“Fast bowling used to be our strength.
“As you see, we don’t have any quality fast bowlers any more – no disrespect to these young talents coming around but comparing back to the 70s and 80s, big difference.”