Streak mulls ZC job

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

FOR­MER Zim­babwe na­tional cricket team cap­tain Heath Streak says he would con­sider the na­tional team coach­ing job if it doesn’t in­fringe on his ex­ist­ing con­tract as bowl­ing coach of Gu­jarat Lions in the In­dian Premier League. Streak re­signed as Bangladesh’s bowl­ing coach in May, five days be­fore the end of his two-year con­tract. The for­mer pace bowler, who was Zim­babwe’s bowl­ing coach be­tween 2009 and 2013, said he would con­sider the na­tional team’s coach­ing job should there be an open­ing. “At the mo­ment I’m en­joy­ing my time with the fam­ily and work­ing at the farm. I’ve got an ex­ist­ing con­sul­tancy con­tract in In­dia, which is what I’m fo­cus­ing on,” said Streak.

“It’s (coach­ing the na­tional team) an in­ter­est­ing job, but I’ll have to con­sider the ex­ist­ing con­tract and see if I can throw in my name.”

ZC is re­port­edly on the verge of advertising for a new na­tional team coach as the search for a sub­stan­tive men­tor in­ten­si­fies.

South African Makhaya Ntini, ini­tially hired as bowl­ing coach, has been in charge in an in­terim ba­sis since Davenell What­more was sacked at the end of May. Ntini has been in charge of the lim­ited overs se­ries against In­dia in Harare and two Tests with New Zealand in Bulawayo.

His fail­ure to come up with a win­ning for­mula has led ZC to con­tinue hunt­ing for a sub­stan­tive coach.

The ZC board held a meet­ing af­ter the sec­ond Test against New Zealand last week where an agree­ment was reached to make pub­lic the hunt for a new coach af­ter the pri­vate route failed to yield favourable re­sults.

Our sis­ter pa­per Sun­day News re­ported that the Tavengwa Mukuh­lani-led ZC board had de­cided to ad­ver­tise the post with the tar­get be­ing to have a new coach by the time of the Sri Lanka tour in Oc­to­ber.

ZC is said to have tried to lure for­mer South African coach Gary Kirsten as well as ex-In­dia bats­man Rahul Dravid, but the two were not keen on tak­ing the job.

ZC’s long term plan is to lure for­mer Zim­babwe bats­man An­drew Flower as the na­tional team coach and if that fails they will set­tle for Streak. Flower is cur­rently em­ployed by the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board as tech­ni­cal direc­tor of elite

coach­ing. — @ZililoR

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