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In a quest to improve on their game, Zimbabwe appoint Makhaya Ntini and Marvan Atapattu to their coaching staff

Source - Digicel Sports

Makhaya Ntini and Marvan Atapattu are high-profile additions to struggling Zimbabwe's coaching staff ahead of their series in Bangladesh. Zimbabwe have appointed South Africa legend Makhaya Ntini as assistant and former Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu as a batting consultant.

Ex-Proteas paceman Ntini will coach the Zimbabwe bowlers as of February 16, while Atapattu will also assist coach Dav Whatmore by working with the batsmen for the tour of Bangladesh. Ntini goes down as one of the greatest players to have played for South Africa, sitting joint-third on 390 with Allan Donald behind Shaun Pollock and Dale Steyn in the list of all-time Test wicket-takers for his country, as well as taking 265 one-day international wickets.

The 38-year-old has signed a two-year contract to replace previous bowling coach Douglas Hondo, who will now work with the Zimbabwe A team. Former Sri Lanka captain Atapattu resigned as coach of his country last September and has been added to the Zimbabwe coaching staff for the four-match Twenty20 series with Bangladesh, which starts on Friday, with a view to taking a more permanent role.

Zimbabwe head to Bangladesh on the back of losing both T20s against Afghanistan in Sharjah, having suffered a 3-2 ODI series defeat against the same opponents.

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