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Ntini has been signed on for a two-year term and will begin his assignment on February 16. © Getty Images

Zimbabwe have appointed Makhaya Ntini and Marvan Atapattu as the assistant coach in charge of bowling and the batting consultant respectively, according to a report on the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) website.

Ntini, the former South African paceman, has been signed on for a two-year term and will begin his assignment on February 16. Douglas Hondo, the erstwhile bowling coach, has been re-assigned to the Zimbabwe A side.

Atapattu, the former Sri Lankan batsman, captain and coach, will be with the Zimbabwe team during their tour to Bangladesh, starting with the first Twenty20 International on Friday (January 15) in Khulna. Although Atapattu is only contracted for that particular tour, ZC are seeking to extend the partnership after Andrew Waller, the former batting coach, had vacated the position last October.

Ntini, 38, played 101 Tests, 173 One-Day Internationals and 10 T20Is for South Africa before retiring from international cricket in November 2010 and working as a commentator. The appointment with Zimbabwe will be his first coaching assignment.