CHRISTCHURCH – Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond will quit as the national team’s bowling coach at the end of the 2015 World Cup.
Lindsay Crocker, NZC’s head of cricket, said Bond had not wanted the extension offered to him.
“Make no bones about this – we’re very disappointed to be losing Shane,” Crocker said. However, we respect his decision and his reasons for making that decision, and wish him well in his endeavours post-world cup.”
Bond took up the role of New Zealand bowling coach in October 2012, two years after ending a promising career that was blighted by a spate of injuries.
New Zealand Cricket’s head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said NZC had been anxious to retain Bond’s services and had offered him an extension.
“Make no bones about this – we’re very disappointed to be losing Shane,” Crocker said.
“He’s given great value to the Black Caps programme and we were hopeful of having the benefit of his input over the next few seasons.
Crocker said NZC would start advertising for Bond’s replacement immediately.
Shane Bond is a former New Zealand cricketer and present bowling coach of the New Zealand national team, described as “New Zealand’s best fast bowler since Sir Richard Hadlee”.
He has represented New Zealand in Test, ODI andTwenty20 International cricket as well as playing for Canterbury in New Zealand domestic cricket and Warwickshire in English domestic cricket.
Bond is a right-arm fast bowler. His fastest recorded delivery was clocked at 156.4 km/h against India in the 2003 World Cup.
Bond’s career was plagued with injuries, chiefly recurring stress fractures of the back. He had surgery in 2004 to try to prevent further injury, but it was only partially successful. In recent years he has suffered back problems, knee injuries and an abdominal tear.
These problems, in conjunction with a late start to his fully professional cricket career, have limited his appearances in both international and domestic cricket. Since his debut in the 2001/02 season, he only managed to appear in 18 Test matches for New Zealand. Bond retired from Test cricket in December 2009 at the age of 34.
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