Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced the appointments of former South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini as national team bowling coach and former Sri Lanka captain and batsman Marvan Atapattu as batting consultant for Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh.by Sports reporter
In a statement yesterday, ZC said Ntini had been appointed on a two-year contract and would start work next month.
Atapattu and ZC could enter into a long-term relationship after the Bangladesh tour.
Zimbabwe is in Bangladesh for four T-20s against the hosts as they gear up for the World T-20 qualifiers that will be played in India in March.
“Former South African bowler Makhaya Ntini has been appointed on a two-year contract as assistant national team coach in charge of bowling, with effect from the 16th of next month,” the statement reads.
Douglas Hondo, who has been bowling coach for the last two years, has been redeployed to the Zim A side, where he is head coach.
The 38-year-old Ntini had an illustrious playing career for South Africa, rising from being a product of the then United Cricket Board’s development programme to becoming the country’s first black African international cricketer.
In 2003, he became the first South African to take 10 wickets in a Test match at the hallowed Lord’s ground in England.
In 2008, he claimed 13 wickets for 132 runs in Test match against the West Indies — the best figures ever by a South African in that format of the game.
Ntini retired from international cricket in 2010, after playing 101 Test matches, 173 one-day international (ODI) and 10 Twenty20 International matches for South Africa.
ZC has also moved to fill the vacancy left after then batting coach Andrew Waller was relieved of his duties on October 25 last year.
Atapattu is also a former Sri Lanka batsman and captain who went into coaching after retirement.
He has coached Canada and Singapore and was Sri Lanka batting coach from 2011, before taking over as head coach from April 2014 to September 2015, when he resigned.
Before his retirement, Atapattu played 90 Test, 268 ODI and two Twenty20 International matches for Sri Lanka.