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Neil McKenzie resigns as Bangladesh batting coach for personal reasons
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Neil McKenzie resigns as Bangladesh batting coach for personal reasons

Neil McKenzie has stepped down from his role as Bangladesh's batting coach, citing the need to spend time with his family amid the coronavirus crisis.

The former South African batsman reflected on his coaching stint with fondness and remarked he felt "fortunate" to work alongside a talented bunch of cricketers.

"Yes, I have resigned; the only reason being time away from the family. With Covid-19, the schedule and doing all formats the time away from my young family would be too much. I have loved being a part of the Tigers and will always have a soft spot for Bangladesh cricket and the great guys I have been fortunate to work with," McKenzie told Daily Star.

The 44-year-old originally entered Bangladesh's coaching set-up as a white-ball batting consultant in 2018. He later was employed in a full-time capacity and focused on honing the skills of the newer crop of batsmen.

McKenzie was retained following the 2019 World Cup debacle despite head coach Steve Rhodes being shown the door by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

He has been credited with the emergence of young stars and the significant improvement of Liton Das in the batting line-up.

“Neil has informed us that he was unable to continue as the Bangladesh batting coach, as in the changed world scenario it was important for him to stay close to the family in South Africa,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said in a statement.

“He has been a much-admired coach here and I wish to thank him for the work he has put in with the Bangladeshi batsmen, especially in white-ball cricket where the progress has been evident.”

McKenzie's exit marks a comprehensive revamp of Bangladesh's coaching staff ahead of their Test tour of Sri Lanka in October.