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McKenzie hails Bangladesh stint in farewell message

Published : 22 Aug 2020 08:17 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 04:10 PM

Talha Kamal

Neil McKenzie has resigned as the batting coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team. The former South African cricketer cited giving time to his family as the reason for his resignation. 

McKenzie accepted the job in July 2018 and is credited with the team’s confident white-ball batting. 

In his farewell message, McKenzie hailed his two-year stint with the Tigers and mentioned Bangladesh as his second team. He also mentioned that the moments of working with Tigers were very enjoyable and memorable.

McKenzie is currently based in his home country of South Africa. From there, he sent his farewell message on Friday, confirming his resignation from the BCB. He has already submitted his resignation letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).

"Hope you all are well," McKenzie said in a text message. Yes, I resigned. The only reason was that I had to stay without my family for a long time. The current coronavirus situation, the busy schedule ahead and working on all versions of cricket- all in all it was becoming difficult for me and my family. I liked being part of the Tigers. I will always have a soft corner in my heart for Bangladesh cricket and I feel lucky to be able to work here.’

In his farewell address, McKenzie added, "I really enjoyed my time in Bangladesh. The people of Bangladesh welcomed me with warm hearts. The players made me part of them very quickly. Bangladesh is my second team. '

In 2018, the BCB appointed McKenzie as the batting advisor for white ball cricket. The board had a contract with him until the 2019 England World Cup. 

He became popular among cricketers in a short time due to his coaching style. So after the World Cup, the board signed a new two-year contract extension with him.

McKenzie has also worked with Bangladeshi players on the red ball cricket. He was also involved in the only Test at home against Zimbabwe earlier this year. 

So, Mackenzie was in the BCB's plans for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. But with one year left in his term, he said goodbye.