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Neil McKenzie Steps Down As Bangladesh’s Batting Coach

Former South African batsman Neil McKenzie joined Bangladesh’s coaching ranks in July 2018. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed him as the batting consultant for Bangladesh’s limited-overs side. As per the current happenings, Neil McKenzie has resigned from his position, citing family commitments. McKenzie’s final assignment with the team was the T20I series against Pakistan earlier this year.

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Neil McKenzie was one of the handiest cricketers during his playing days for the Proteas. He moved to Hampshire in January 2010 as part of the Kolpak deal and retired from all forms of cricket in January 2016.

As part of Bangladesh’s coaching ranks, McKenzie guided them to ODI series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe at home apart from bagging the Ireland tri-series before the 2019 World Cup. The Tigers were also competitive in the World Cup under his supervision.

Bangladesh Players (Source: Twitter)

Neil McKenzie, who stepped down, by sending a letter to the BCB, said that being away from family is the primary reason he did. The COVID-19 restrictions and doing all formats would mean that he has to spend a lot of time away from his closed ones. He stated that he enjoyed working with Bangladesh and hailed the players he worked with.

Yes, I’ve resigned, only reason being time away from the family. With Covid, the schedule, and doing all formats, the time away from my young family would be too much. I’ve loved being a part of the Tigers and will always have a soft spot for Bangladesh cricket and the great guys I’ve been fortunate to work with,” McKenzie told ESPN Cricinfo.

Neil McKenzie also joined Jozi Stars as their mentor:

(Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Johannesburg-born former cricketer McKenzie was also a part of Jozi Stars in the Mzani Super League as their mentor and consultant as his contract with Bangladesh was not a full-time one.

McKenzie was back with them ahead of any limited-overs series or tournaments. India’s two-Test tour last year was the only time that he worked with the national team’s Test squad.

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