Former Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel has been named as the spin-bowling consultant of England for the forthcoming T20I series against New Zealand.
Notably, Patel is currently contracted to Cricket Wellington and has been granted permission by them to miss as many as three matches of the Plunket Shield season. He is expected to join the England squad in his new role when they arrive in Christchurch next week.
“The opportunity came up and I spoke to Cricket Wellington and they were very positive about me doing that,” Patel was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“Firstly for my development beyond playing, and it gives other guys an opportunity to perform in my place, which is part of handing over the mantle.
“I don’t know how it’s going to pan out, I don’t even know if I’ll be any good at it but I really want to give it a good go. I think I’ve got some attributes that can help some guys,” he added.
Patel has played as many as 24 Tests, 43 ODIs and 11 T20Is for the New Zealand team in which he picked 65, 49 and 16 wickets respectively.
England are scheduled to play five T20Is and two Test matches in New Zealand beginning in November.