Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have appointed former South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince as a full-time batting consultant of the national team till the 2022 T20 World Cup.
Earlier in June, Prince was appointed for the same role with the Bangladesh team only for the Zimbabwe tour. However, the Bangladesh players had a good response to the South African’s consultancy which made the BCB sign him on a permanent basis.
BCB appoint Ashwell Prince as the team’s batting consultant based on players’ feedback
“We had appointed him for the Zimbabwe series initially. Since it will be hard to get a coach before the T20 World Cup, we took a bit of feedback and it has been generally positive. I think some of our batsmen did really well in Zimbabwe. Some of the players told us that they have confidence in him. They are satisfied with his work,” BCB’s cricket operations chairman Akram Khan stated as reported by ESPNCricinfo.
The 44-year-old Prince will take over the reins from former England cricketer John Lewis, who was given the role for the bilateral series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh has tasted success in their last two T20I series, first they beat Zimbabwe 2-1 and followed it by thrashing the visiting Australians 4-1 to create a historic moment.
Prince scored 4683 international runs from the 66 Tests, 52 ODIs and a single T20I he played in the South African colours in his nine years of international cricket.
Ashwell Prince to work with countrymen Russell Domingo
Prince will be working under his compatriot Russell Domingo, who has been with the team as their head coach since August 2019.
Apart from Prince, former Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath, too, was signed as a spin bowling consultant before the Zimbabwe tour. Herath will stay with the team till the end of this year’s World T20 in the October-November window.
Bangladesh will next host New Zealand for five T20 International matches with the series beginning on September 1 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.