Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday appointed the former cricketer Neil McKenzie as the High Performance batting lead.
The apex body also appointed professionals for the South Africa A and the Under-19 Men’s team for building the strong team in the future. The High-Performance department will be responsible for working with men’s and women’s staff closely. The role will also include ensuring the scouting of talented players and help them reach the national team.
McKenzie has prior experience as the batting consultant of Bangladesh’s first team. However, he resigned from the position last month.
“I was with Bangladesh for two years and went to the World Cup with Bangladesh, so I have come back more rounded as a coach. I’m looking forward to doing my bit,” McKenzie said.
CSA appointments are as follows:
CSA Acting Head of Cricket Pathways: Edward Khoza
South Africa A and National Academy Lead: Malibongwe Maketa
SA Under 19 Men’s Lead: Shukri Conrad
High-Performance Manager and Bowling Lead: Vincent Barnes
High-Performance Batting Lead: Neil McKenzie
SA Under 19 Women’s and Women’s National Academy Head Coach: Dinesha Devnarain
Chief Medical Officer: Dr Shuaib Manjra
“The goal is to make sure that South African cricket is strong. We’ve got a really powerful group of cricketers coming through that can only strengthen the national side and can challenge players in the national team. I feel that Malibongwe and the other High-Performance coaches can provide that and also develop the game,” CSA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said in an official statement.