Western Province Cricket Association today announced that Coach Ashwell Prince has officially resigned from his position as Head Coach of the Six Gun Grill WP team with immediate effect, to take up a permanent role as the batting coach for the Bangladesh Cricket team.
Prince, a former WP and Cape Cobras player, took over as head coach of the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras during the 2016/2017 season and was also at the helm of the Cape Town Blitz for the first two seasons of the Mzansi Super League.
“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. 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,” said Western Province Cricket President Ashraf Burns.
Prince expressed his thanks to an organisation which has been extremely close to his heart for most of his cricket career.
“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 4 years. What I will treasure most about my stint as head coach of Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras / Cape Town Blitz is, along with my coaching staff, assisting 6 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 the iconic Six Gun Grill Newlands Cricket Ground,” he added.
“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.
Faiek Davids, Six Gun Grill WP assistant coach will be acting in the position of head coach until such time as a permanent appointment is made.
It was announced on Wednesday that Six Gun Grill WP were drawn in Pool A for the opening tournament of the domestic season, the CSA T20 knockout tournament which commences with group matches starting September 24. They will compete against Northern Cape, Six Gun Grill SWD and Imperial Lions.
Source: Western Province Cricket/ newlandscricket.com
Photo: Courtesy of WPCA