Ahead of the 2024 edition of the SA20, Rajasthan Royals sister franchise, Paarl Royals were looking for a new head coach to assist the team. The new coach for the franchise has been appointed as New Zealand’s sensational bowler Shane Bond for the 2024 season. He has been appointed after South African all-rounder JP Duminy, who is now serving the national team instead.
Shane’s sensational serves
This New Zealand pacer is known for his vast potential to turn the best players into the bestest. His array of credentials is commendable with him having acted as a bowling coach to his home team on several occasions including the T20 games. Not only just as a coach, he also has a stupendous record as a player having represented New Zealand. To be noted, Shane helped the Mumbai Indians franchise to lift four trophies in the seasons they have played so far.
On his debut at SA20, the Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara welcomed the former cricketer and now a coach and expressed delightment to have joined him. Sangakkara remarked “Apart from being a fierce competitor during his playing days, Shane (Bond) has also excelled in his various coaching roles across teams and leagues, and we are delighted to have him lead the coaching team at Paarl Royals. The inaugural season provided us with a lot of learnings after our semi-final finish, and we believe that his experience, commitment and vision align well with our goals for the upcoming season.”
With the message, Bond also reflected on his opportunity to join SA20 as a head coach by saying “It is a new challenge for me personally to be heading to the SA20, but what gives me the belief is the strong squad we have been able to assemble for the upcoming season. We have so much experience and immense potential in our ranks, which makes me excited to join the group in January and work towards achieving our target of lifting the trophy.”