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Shane Bond eager to become head coach of Indian Premier League team

Shane Bond is currently coaching New Zealand A team on tour of India, and has been involved with the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians for a while.

cricket Updated: Sep 18, 2017 18:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Shane Bond,Indian Premier League,Mumbai Indians
Shane Bond (right) was the bowling coach of the Mumbai Indians team that won the 2017 Indian Premier League. (Hindustan Times)

Shane Bond, Former New Zealand pacer and the current bowling coach of Mumbai Indians, has expressed his wish to expand his credentials and become a head coach of an Indian Premier League (IPL) team.

Bond has been working as Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach since 2015, and his wish to become a head coach is particular only for an IPL franchise. However, it comes at a time when he is linked to take up England’s bowling coach job on a part-time basis, according to ESPNCricinfo.

However, the former Kiwi tearaway pacer did not want to speak up much over the chances of the England coaching job for the first three Tests of the Ashes 2017-18.

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England do not have a bowling coach as Ottis Gibson left his position to take up the head coach’s role of South African cricket team. At present, Bond is in India with the New Zealand A side for two four-day matches and five one-day matches.

Bond was quoted as saying by the Dominion Post, “I’ve got my sights on a head coaching role, but it’s how it all lines up with everything else in your life. I’ve got great opportunities with Brisbane (in Big Bash League) and the IPL and I really enjoy them.”

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While Bond confirmed that he would like an opportunity as a head coach with the IPL, he was non-committal about talks regarding England. “My kids are at an age where I want to be around and not miss too much. Every opportunity you’ve got to look at and weigh up what’s best for the important people around you. I’d love to be involved with the IPL [as a head coach]. I love the New Zealand cricket team and would like to have another period of involvement. I’m just not quite sure when that’s going to be,” Bond said.

He added, “I’m really clear about how I want to run things. I want to mirror the games and put players under pressure at training as much as we can. At this level people expect you to win, it’s not going to happen all the time but you’ve got to take that attitude.”

“Our job, first and foremost, is to make players better. We have to prepare the guys on our tour to push for Black Caps selection straight after, and put them in the best possible position to succeed on that trip. That’s the exciting thing for us,” Bond concluded.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 18:06 IST