Makhaya Ntini resigns as Zimbabwe bowling coach

Former South Africa bowler Makhaya Ntini has resigned from his role as Zimbabwe’s bowling coach, a position he has held since January 2016.

Ntini, who retired from international cricket in 2011, was appointed interim head coach of Zimbabwe when Dav Whatmore was sacked in May 2016. The former quick was then relieved of his duties in October 2016, when Heath Streak stepped in, but was retained as a member of Zimbabwe’s backroom staff.

In a press release, Zimbabwe Cricket 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 Ntini looks excited ahead of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup Round 1 Group B match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan
Makhaya Ntini looks excited ahead of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup Round 1 Group B match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan

“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.”

Ntini, the first black cricketer to represent South Africa, took 390 wickets at 28.82 runs apiece in 101 Test matches between 1998 and 2009. He also claimed 266 wickets in 173 ODIs.

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