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Hemp linked with Bears role

Former Bermuda skipper David Hemp is believed to be in contention for a return to Warwickshire as director of cricket.

Hemp enjoyed a successful spell at the Bears from 1997 and 2001 before heading back his to his boyhood club Glamorgan to take over the captaincy.

The 42-year-old stepped down as national team skipper last October although he did intimate his desire to continue as a Bermuda player under new captain Stephen Outerbridge.

Hemp is among a slew of high-profile candidates thought to be interested in succeeding former England spinner Ashley Giles at the recently redeveloped Edgbaston Stadium.

Giles left Warwickshire after leading the club to the county championship title in 2012 to take up the role of coach of England's limited-overs teams.

Emerging as the early front-runner for the attractive post is West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson who helped mastermind the West Indies’ recent Twenty20 triumph in Sri Lanka.

While Gibson has previously expressed his intention to remain with the West Indies team, he is out of contract with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) later this year.

Among the other names thought to have shown an interest in the Warwickshire job are former New Zealand, Scotland and Kenya coach, Andy Moles, the England bowling coach, David Saker who has since withdrawn and the ECB's performance director, David Parsons.

Dougie Brown and Graeme Welch, who are already on the coaching staff at Edgbaston, have also applied for the role.

In November 2006, Hemp made his debut for Bermuda, the country of his birth, in an ICC Intercontinental Cup game against Kenya.

He went onto represent them in all games on their African tour, including seven One Day Internationals against Kenya, Canada and the Netherlands.

The highlight of this tour was the Intercontinental Cup match against the Netherlands, in which Hemp scored an unbeaten 247, his highest first-class innings.

His current top ODI score came during the qualifiers for the 2011 World Cup, as he hit 102 not out during Bermuda's loss to Kenya. His previous best, 76 not out against India at the 2007 World Cup, was the first-ever fifty scored by a Bermuda player in the World Cup.

Hemp played his last game for Glamorgan in a County Championship Division Two game at former side Warwickshire in 2008.

In the frame: Bermuda's David Hemp has expressed an interest for the role of director of cricket at Warwickshire.

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Published January 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm (Updated January 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm)

Hemp linked with Bears role

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