Mascarenhas to step down as bowling coach after Australia series

"It is time for me to go home"

“It is time for me to go home”

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Dimitri Mascarenhas has confirmed that he will resign as New Zealand’s bowling coach after their upcoming series against Australia.

Mascarenhas replaced Shane Bond as the Black Caps’ bowling coach after the 2015 World Cup, but revealed that he has decided to step down due to family reasons.

“It has been really tough being on the road for a long time,” he said. “We thought we could get by, but it is a little bit tough and I thought I would make the right decision by my family. Any support staff struggle with the current international schedule. It is 12 months of the year now – there is no season or time off. That does take its toll.

“I have a great relationship with all of the squad, the players and the support staff so the decision is purely based on family. It is time for me to go home and spend some more time with them.”

With 30-year-old Mitchell McClenaghan being the oldest pace bowler New Zealand currently have, Mascarenhas believes that the country has a bright future in regards to its pace attack.

“We have got a number of fast bowlers around the country who are producing really good performances and long may that continue,” Mascarenhas said. “The rest of them are all under 30 and have a long way to go. If they keep improving the way they are at the moment the sky is the limit for a number of them.”

Mascarenhas added that he would like to return to coaching in the future, saying: “I hope I can re-visit this sort of role. The children are young now and that’s where I need to be. But it’s definitely the type of job I’d like to return to.”

New Zealand have already begun looking for Mascarenhas’ successor, but it is unclear whether they will find a suitable replacement prior to the World Twenty20, which will be held in India in March.

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