Ashwell Prince Steps Down As Bangladesh Batting Coach

Ashwell Prince
Ashwell Prince. Image-AP

Former South African cricketer Ashwell Prince has stepped down as Bangladesh National Cricket Team’s batting coach ahead of the upcoming South Africa tour.

The Bangladesh tour of South Africa 2022, will consist of a three-match One Day International series and a two-match Test series. All the matches of the series will be played across four venues including, St. George’s Park Cricket Ground in Gqeberha, SuperSport Park in Centurion, Kingsmead in Durban and the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Also, the tour will take place from March-April.

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Meanwhile, Prince joined the Bangladesh coaching staff back in July 2021. Initially, he was offered a short term deal by the cricket board for the Zimbabwe tour but his contract was extended and he was given a permanent role in the team. Also, his contract was set to expire after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.

Real Reason Behind Ashwell Prince Stepping Down As Batting Coach

Ashwell Prince and JP Duminy
Ashwell Prince and JP Duminy. Credits: Twitter

According to IOL Sport, the real reason behind Ashwell Prince stepping down from his role was to spend more time with his family. Notably, the former Proteas cricketer is married to Melissa Kistensamy and the couple have three children.

The 44-year-old has made big contributions to Bangladesh cricket and helped the team produce new young batters. Under his guidance, young Bangladesh batters helped the team register a historic win over the World Test Champions BlackCaps in New Zealand by 8 wickets.

Before batting coach Ashwell Prince Bangladesh’s bowling coach Ottis Gibson has also stepped down from his role last month to join the English County Championship side Yorkshire as the head coach.

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Meanwhile, the Bangladesh team will be without the important services of the Proteas coach in the South Africa tour and they will have to appoint a new batting coach ahead of the tour which is set to begin on March 18 with an ODI match.

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