The BLACKCAPS have added Shane Bond as a fourth coach for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and the following three-game T20 International series against India.
The former fast bowler is no stranger to the team following a three-year tenure as bowling coach (2012-15) and helped out as recently as 2019 in a T20 series against England, along with stints leading New Zealand A.
Since stepping back as Sydney Thunder coach earlier this year, Bond has been assisting the men’s winter training squads at Lincoln and also helped the WHITE FERNS prepare for their tour of England.
The 46-year-old will next month resume his role as bowling coach with the Mumbai Indians as IPL21 restarts in the UAE, before linking up with the BLACKCAPS T20 World Cup squad.
Head coach Gary Stead said it was great to add someone of Bond’s experience to the group.
“Shane’s been in our environment before and understands what we’re about,” Stead said.
“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.
“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.”
Stead has utilised a fourth coach during past home summers such as Bond’s stint in late 2019, but the role has also been employed for away tours to England and Sri Lanka as well as world events including the recent ICC ODI World Cup – where current batting coach Luke Ronchi was the fourth assistant.
“The fourth coach for me is an opportunity to bring in different voices to the environment and we’ve used it in a whole host of ways in the past,” he said.
“Shane is someone who always adds value and we’re delighted to have him on board.”