Shane Bond will coach the Paarl Royals in the 2024 edition of the SA20.
The former New Zealand fast bowler replaces JP Duminy, who is now the Proteas batting coach, as head coach of the franchise.
Bond’s tactical acumen, knowledge of the game and ability to inspire and nurture emerging talent have been widely recognised in the cricketing community.
As bowling coach, he helped the Mumbai Indians win four IPL titles in nine seasons and was recently roped in by the Paarl Royals’ sister franchise, the Rajasthan Royals, in the dual role of assistant coach and fast bowling coach.
“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,” said Bond.
“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.”
Royals director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara welcomed the 48-year-old to the Paarl Royals.
“Apart from being a fierce competitor during his playing days, Shane has also excelled in his various coaching roles across teams and leagues, and we are delighted to have him lead the coaching team at the 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.”
— Paarl Royals (@paarlroyals) November 29, 2023