Taimur Khan leaves North Down for Bangor

Taimur Khan
Taimur Khan

Taimur Khan has left North Down to become the new player-coach at Section One Bangor.

The Pakistan all-rounder, who first arrived at Comber way back in 1999, took 26 wickets and made 274 runs with the bat last season as North Down won the Ulster Cup and challenged strongly for the NCU Premier League title.

North Down chairman Peter Shields paid tribute to Taimur’s contribution during two spells at The Green.

“Taimur leaves with our best wishes. He returned from CIYMS and he has played his part in the last couple of years in helping the young guys develop. He has always been particularly active as a coach at North Down and we will miss that. However, a player-coach position has come up at Bangor and we wouldn’t want to stand in his way.”

Khan spent two years at CIYMS, winning the Premier League title with the Belmont club in 2012, before returning to Comber in 2014. He will go down as arguably the most influential professional in the history of the NCU as North Down dominated from 1999 to 2011.

Bangor advertised for the player-coach position in October. In their advertisement Bangor said they wanted a “locally based cricketer for the 2016 season to fulfil both playing and coaching roles within the club”.

“We would expect the player to assume a leading 1st XI role on the field and to manage and coordinate all aspects of training and coaching throughout the week, culminating in match day build-up and preparation.

“Coaching duties would extend to our Youth Section, to assist with and contribute towards the ongoing and continued development of our young cricketers.

An ECB accredited coaching qualification would be desirable, although not essential.”