Former New Zealand pacer and current Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond will be joining the New Zealand coaching setup before the upcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2021 and the Black Caps’ T20I series against India.
Soon after the IPL 2021 remainder in the UAE, the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 is set to take place from October 17 to November 14 in the same venues.
Bond, 46, has also worked as the bowling coach of the Kiwis for three years between 2012 to 2015.
Commenting on the development, New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead said that as Bond will be assisting Mumbai Indians during IPL 2021 remainder, his experience and analysis will be beneficial for the national side as the T20I World Cup will also be held at the same venue.
“Shane’s been in our environment before and understands what we’re about. Being in the UAE (with the IPL) immediately prior to the world cup … he’ll hopefully bring some tactical insight into what’s been happening in the competition,” Stead said in an official release.
“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,” Stead further said.
Bond, who represented New Zealand between 2001 and 2010, has played 18 Tests, picking 87 wickets.
In 82 ODIs, he scalped 147 wickets while in 20 T20I games for New Zealand, he ended up bagging 25 wickets.