Shane Jurgensen’s experience with Bangladesh aided his appointment to coach New Zealand’s bowlers at the World T20 © BCB
Shane Jurgensen, the former Bangladesh coach, has been chosen by New Zealand to mentor their bowlers at the World Twenty20 in India next month, following the expiry of Dimitri Mascarenhas‘ contract with the Black Caps.
Having previously coached New Zealand’s bowlers between 2008 and 2010, Jurgensen will utilise his subcontinental experience in the first tournament the team will tackle minus the knowhow of the retiring captain Brendon McCullum.
“I’ve worked with a lot of the guys within the set up before and the way they’ve developed over the years has been exciting to watch,” said Jurgensen, who played for Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland in a nomadic first-class career.
“Their results and rankings speak for themselves and I can’t wait to work with them and help them to continue to improve. I’ll be looking to come in, do my job and support the successful environment that Mike [Hesson], Brendon and the rest of the team have built over the last couple of years.
“The way the team go about their business and style of cricket they play makes them an extremely appealing group to be a part of.”
Lindsay Crocker, New Zealand’s head of cricket, explained his rationale for the appointment. “Shane was previously a Black Caps bowling coach and since then has added many layers to his experience and skills,” he said.
“He has experience in sub-continental conditions working with pace bowlers and spinners, which should be valuable for both the World T20 and the dry conditions expected on the twin tours to Africa at the back end of their winter. Shane is well known to the group; is married to a New Zealander and has strong New Zealand connections.”
Jurgensen’s contract period will also take in tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa later in the year.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo