Former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie will begin his job as the Bangladesh team’s batting consultant by Sunday. It is likely that the former Proteas right-handed batsman will join the Tigers in the West Indies, ahead of the three-match ODI series against the Caribbean side, starting Sunday in Georgetown, Guyana.
Although BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury only mentioned the date of McKenzie’s joining instead of declaring it, it is widely reported and understood that McKenzie is up for the role.
“We are expecting a batting consultant to join the team. The appointment is almost confirmed. If everything falls into place we expect the batting consultant to join by Sunday. He will be with the national team till the 2019 World Cup,” said Nizamuddin to the media Wednesday.
Following his playing career, McKenzie served as batting consultant of South Africa in two terms – 2016 and 2018. The 42-year old represented the Proteas in 58 Test matches, 64 ODIs and two T20Is.
Meanwhile, newly appointed Bangladesh U-19 head coach Naveed Nawaz has joined the team at the ongoing national camp in Khulna, informed Nizamuddin.
“He (former Sri Lanka cricketer Naveed) has been appointed to prepare the team for the U-19 World Cup in 2020. He will be working according to the board’s road-map and vision. We also have plans to appoint a few support staff for the U-19 team. That way, we will soon have someone join us as the strength and conditioning coach,” said Nizamuddin.
The BCB high-up said the U-19 team will take part in four to five series, at home and away, ahead of the U-19 World Cup.
“These series are part of our preparation for the U-19 World Cup in 2020 in South Africa. We have already confirmed home and away series with Sri Lanka and England, and also have plans for a conditioning camp in Zimbabwe,” Nizamuddin informed.