Ashwell Prince says what he will treasure most about his stint as head coach of the Cape Cobras/Cape Town Blitz is “assisting six young players to make their international debut for the Proteas”.
The Western Province Cricket Association confirmed on Thursday that Prince had resigned as head coach of WP to take up a position as the full-time batting coach of the Bangladesh national team.
Prince took over as head coach of the Cape Cobras during the 2016-17 season and was also the man in charge of the Cape Town Blitz for the first two seasons of the Mzansi Super League.
He will join up with former Proteas head coach Russell Domingo, who is currently in charge of Bangladesh.
“I’d like to thank the president and the board of directors of Western Cape Cricket who have entrusted me with the development of some of the country’s most talented young players over the last four years,” Prince said in a statement.
“What I will treasure most about my stint as head coach of the Cape Cobras/Cape Town Blitz is, along with my coaching staff, assisting six young players to make their international debut for the Proteas.
“Albeit that I’m really excited to be joining up with the Bangladesh national team, WP Cricket has been a big part of my career, both as a player and coach and I will really miss driving into work at Newlands.
“I’d like to wish all the players, staff, the board, all the stakeholders and all the loyal supporters of WP Cricket all the very best for the upcoming season.
“To the boys, ‘Dala what you must’,” Prince concluded.
Western Province Cricket President Ashraf Burns thanked Prince for his services.
“Ashwell was a tough competitor whether it be as a player or as coach. He has taken many of our younger WP and Cobras players to the next level in their respective careers,” he said.
“We thank Ashwell for his service to Western Province and Cape Cobras cricket and wish him all the success with his new role with the Bangladesh team.”
Faiek Davids, WP assistant coach, will be acting in the position of head coach until a permanent appointment is made.