ZC be­gins hunt for head coach

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Bon­gani Ndlovu

ZIM­BABWE Cricket (ZC) has of­fi­cially started its hunt for a new na­tional team head coach, who should hit the ground run­ning with an ac­tion plan for qual­i­fy­ing for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Af­ter the sack­ing of Aus­tralian Dav What­more, ZC appointed for­mer South African bowl­ing speed­ster Makhaya Ntini as in­terim coach. Ntini had ini­tially been brought in as What­more’s as­sis­tant in charge of bowl­ing. His side, how­ever, com­pre­hen­sively lost the two-Test se­ries against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club in Bu­l­awayo.

As part of what ZC calls crit­i­cal roles, ac­cord­ing to an ad­ver­tise­ment re­leased yes­ter­day, the aspir­ing coach should have a plan to qual­ify Zim­babwe for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and to make the coun­try a com­pet­i­tive Test na­tion again.

ZC is also look­ing for a coach that will en­sure the high­est level of per­for­mance is achieved and main­tained by the na­tional team.

Part of the qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired by ZC in­clude a recog­nised coach­ing cer­tifi­cate at a higher level and an im­pec­ca­ble record of coach­ing in first-class and at in­ter­na­tional level. The per­son must also “demon­strate an un­der­stand­ing and abil­ity of em­ploy­ing a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach to coach­ing”.

For­mer na­tional team cap­tain Heath Streak availed him­self for the job on Tues­day, say­ing he would con­sider the va­cancy “should there be an open­ing”.

Streak, who coached and trans­formed Bangladesh into a for­mi­da­ble bowl­ing side dur­ing his two-year stint, should be among the favourites if he chooses to fol­low through on his in­ter­est.

The other Zim­bab­weans highly qual­i­fied for the job in­clude for­mer Eng­land coach Andy Flower, now the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of elite coach­ing of the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board, his brother Grant and the leg­endary Dave Houghton.

Andy is by far the most suc­cess­ful both as a coach and player hav­ing been the main­stay of the Zim­babwe bat­ting team for more than a decade. He also en­joyed a suc­cess­ful stint dur­ing his five years as coach of the Eng­land cricket team.

Steve Man­gongo, who is good at ju­nior level, and Wal­ter Chawaguta have both been given time and failed to in­spire the se­nior side.

Ntini has shown more be­lief in his play­ers and en­thu­si­asm than the play­ers themselves and the board, and could be given the job per­ma­nently if in­spi­ra­tion and pas­sion is what ZC is look­ing for.

The trend world­wide now is that most teams rope in for­mer play­ers that know and un­der­stand the pres­sures of per­form­ing at the high­est in­ter­na­tional level and in first class cricket. — @bon­ganinkunzi

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