Andre Nel (right) was a part of the Easterns provincial side that won the premier first-class competition in the 2002-03 season © Getty Images
Andre Nel (right) was a part of the Easterns provincial side that won the premier first-class competition in the 2002-03 season © Getty Images

Andre Nel has made his comeback into competitive cricket, this time as a coach. Nel, who has been coaching at a school and a university academy, will coach provincial side Easterns at the Africa Cup T20 tournament. The 38-year-old pacer was a was part of the Easterns provincial side that won the premier first-class competition in the 2002-03 season, before South African domestic cricket was franchised. “I feel like life has come full circle for me because this is where I started and now I just want to help Easterns get back to the where they were,” he said. READ: WACA to shift Test cricket to new Perth Stadium

According to a report from Cricinfo, Nel wants to change the current scenario at the Easterns, the team that have under-performed in the three-day and List A competitions, with no titles to their name. His first assignment is a T20 competition, played between South Africa’s provincial teams as well as invited outfits from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia, which starts this weekend.

We’re in a tough pool and everybody expects us not to win so it’s definitely going to be a challenge. But if everything in life was easy, everyone would be doing it,” he added. Meanwhile, he also hopes to put back Quinton de Kock in the right direction by putting no pressure on him and providing advice as someone who also had to work his way back into the senior side. “He has been through a tough time. I know what it is like to be dropped and then have find your way back and the most important thing is to be humble. When you get in quite young, there is extra pressure on you to stay in the side and you have to take that out of the equation. I just want to give him the freedom to go out and express himself. Sometimes maybe he gets too nervous. He must just go out and be Quinton de Kock and not try to be someone else,” he said. READ: Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood likely to miss Bangladesh tour