Ntini appointed Zimbabwe bowling coach


According to a report published on Zimbabwe Cricket's website, the national side has appointed former South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini as their bowling coach on a two-year contract.

The 38 year-old Ntini played in 101 Tests, 173 ODIs and 10 T20Is for the Proteas in an international career that started in 1998 and ended in 2011.

Ntini, who has never held a senior coaching job before, will be taking over from Douglas Hondo, who has been reassigned to the Zimbabwe A team, and will start his tenure on 16 February.

Meanwhile, former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu has been appointed as a batting consultant to the Zimbabwe side on the current tour to Bangladesh.

Atapattu will work with the batters for the four-match T20 series, that starts in Khulna on Friday, with a view to getting a longer-term contract.