Shane Bond has joined the coaching group of New Zealand for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as well as the T20I matches in India set to take place after the showpiece event, New Zealand Cricket made the announcement.
Bond, a former bowling coach with the national side will work with head coach Gary Stead, batting coach Luke Ronchi, and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen during his New Zealand coaching stint.
The former pacer, who is a part of the coaching set-up of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Mumbai Indians, will be in the UAE ahead of the Men’s T20 World Cup for the second leg of the IPL 2021.
Bond has rich coaching experience. Apart from Mumbai Indians, he has worked with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, New Zealand A, and the New Zealand women’s team.
“Shane’s been in our environment before and understands what we’re about,” head coach Gary Stead said. “Being in the UAE immediately prior to the World Cup … he’ll hopefully bring some tactical insight into what’s been happening in the competition.
“He’ll be an extra set of hands especially around the bowlers, working with the spin and the pace bowlers and developing their plans in a tournament that moves pretty quick – so we need to be one step ahead of other teams.
“Shane’s been working away with New Zealand players for a long time and he’s been involved in our recent camps so it’s been good for him to reacquaint himself with our guys. He’s held in high regard and I know he’ll bring a lot of knowledge and opinions to the group.”
The veteran stepped down as Sydney Thunder coach in the BBL earlier this year and has been working with both the New Zealand men’s and women’s squads since then.
The New Zealand has announced their World Cup squad last week and as well as the squads for their tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan. The squad playing against Banglasdesh and Pakistan will be without their IPL-bound players.
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