Oman participated in the World T20 for the first time last year – no mean feat, especially given that last summer’s qualification tournament was held in the unfamiliar playing conditions of Scotland and Ireland. A big contributor to the team’s success was the former English Test and ODI cricketer and now cricket journalist, Derek Pringle.
Derek Pringle was hired by Oman Cricket in 2015 specifically as a technical advisor to assist the team in British conditions for ICC World Cup T20 qualifiers held in Scotland and Ireland.
Born in 18th September 1958, Pringle played for Essex between 1978 and 1993. He was a member of the successful sides of the 1980s and early 1990s alongside cricketers such as Graham Gooch, Mark Waugh, Nasser Hussain, John Lever and Neil Foster. In that period Essex won the County Championship six times. Pringle as an undergraduate played for Cambridge University and was called up for England, whilst he was captain in 1982. Pringle went on to play 30 Tests until 1992, scoring 695 runs and taking 70 wickets. He also played in 44 One Day Internationals between 1982 and 1993. He appeared in two World Cups including England’s 1992 Cup Final team.
Pringle eventually became a cult figure late in his career -his always popular warm-up routine before coming on to bowl. After his playing days, he became a cricket correspondent firstly with The Independent and then The Daily Telegraph.
Today as we approach almost a year since our momentous achievement of participating in the WT20, we would like to remember and thank Derek Pringle for his exemplary contribution to Oman Cricket’s participation on the international stage.
Derek Pringle: On His Assignment in Oman
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I landed in Cork to join Oman’s cricketers in their quest to qualify for the World T20 in India the following year. A brief conversation with Pankaj Khimji at Lord’s and a few emails exchanged with Duleep Mendis, Oman’s head coach and Development Officer, were all that were needed to set me on the path to being the team’s technical advisor.
Any doubts I might have had were soon dispelled when I discovered a committed and cohesive team, determined to leave their mark on a cricketing landscape that has not always treated its more distant members well. I also found a group of players eager to learn new tricks in conditions alien to them. Once they realized that the game was about pressure and how to both apply it and relieve it, the wins began to rack up and confidence grew. But for a few basic errors Oman could have finished even higher in Scotland and Ireland than they did. But that is nit-picking and Duleep and I could not have asked for more from a side who understood the value of both hard work and team spirit.
The World T20 itself was a disappointment with Oman’s games blighted by bad weather in Dharmasala, though they did beat Ireland to secure another famous scalp. Growing the game in Oman is crucial if progress is to be made, but that is another challenge.
For the players and management team I joined in Ireland back in 2015 there is nothing but happy memories and I wish them all well in their future adventures.”
Derek Pringle – Player Profile