Bangladesh appoint their new batting consultant

Bangladesh appoint their new batting consultant

He featured in 58 Tests, 64 ODIs and 2 T20Is for his country.

Neil McKenzie
Neil McKenzie of South Africa. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Bangladesh cricket has been facing some torrid times in the recent past. Their performances were utterly disappointing and definitely not pleasing for the fans. After performing decently well in the Nidahas Trophy in March this year, the team seems to have lost the track completely.

Post the Indian Premier League (IPL), all that the Bangladesh team has been seeing is whitewashes. They played Afghanistan in a 3-match T20I series in June. However, they lost all the three games in the series against Asghar Stanikzai’s men. The defeats were hard to digest for the ardent fans. Furthermore, the Tigers lost both the Test matches against the Windies by a huge margin.

Neil McKenzie named the batting consultant of Bangladesh

In all of these defeats, the talks have only surrounded Bangladesh’s batting which has been a nightmare. Their batsmen have had a tough time and failed to pile on the runs. Hence, ahead of the ODI series against West Indies, the Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to appoint a new batting consultant. Neil McKenzie was chosen for the job and will join the duties on July 24, during the one-day series in the West Indies.

McKenzie, who was given the role till the 2019 World Cup, filled the last vacant position in Bangladesh’s coaching staff, a position that had remained vacant for nearly a year. The 42-year-old McKenzie represented South Africa during his playing days and featured in 58 Tests, 64 ODIs and two T20Is for his country. McKenzie approximately has 5,000 international runs.

He will join Steve Rhodes, the head coach, and Ryan Cook, the fielding consultant, both of whom joined last month. McKenzie, whose name had been discussed for a long time in the BCB, was the third appointment since Gary Kirsten became the board’s consultant for appointing coaches. Thilan Samaraweera assumed the same responsibility for a brief period of time earlier.

After his departure, the BCB’s High-Performance head coach Simon Helmot had taken charge on that front. However, this was on a temporary basis until the Nidahas Trophy that concluded in March 2018. McKenzie has worked with South Africa as a batting consultant on two occasions.

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