Streak mulls ZC job
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