By ESPNcricinfo and CricBuzz
Makhaya Ntini and Zimbabwe Cricket have parted ways, with the former South African fast bowler leaving the role of Zimbabwe’s bowling coach behind. He had been appointed in the role in January 2016, for a term of two years.
In a release, ZC said: “It is with regret that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announces that Makhaya Ntini, the National Team Bowling Coach, has tendered his resignation from ZC, with immediate effect.
“Makhaya has brought a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to ZC, and ZC and its players and coaching staff were fortunate to have had an opportunity to work closely with him during this period, and to learn from his many years of playing for Cricket South Africa at the highest level.”
“While reluctantly accepting his resignation, ZC fully appreciates and respects the reasons behind Makhaya’s decision, and wishes him all the very best for the future.”
In September last year, newspapers reported that Ntini’s contract was unlikely to be renewed.
The 40-year-old Ntini, who played 101 Tests for the Proteas, has been mentoring Zimbabwe’s bowlers since February 2016.
The Zimbabwe job was Ntini’s first foray into coaching after his international retirement in 2011.
After almost six months under Dav Whatmore, Ntini was appointed interim head coach when Whatmore was sacked in May 2016.
Ntini was relieved of the head coach job in October, when Heath Streak took over, but he stayed on as a member of Streak’s support staff.
Ntini’s experience and immense knowledge of the game have helped to bolster the ZC national team into a competitive outfit that went on to record Zimbabwe’s first ever away one-day international series win over Sri Lanka in 2017.
Zimbabwe start an ODI tri-series on 15 January in Bangladesh which will include the hosts and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe will then host the 2019 World Cup qualifiers in March, which will include teams like Afghanistan, Ireland and West Indies.
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