Andy Waller has beaten off competition from Steve Mangongo and Grant Flower to succeed Alan Butcher as Zimbabwe’s head coach according to the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper.
The paper also reports that batting coach Flower and bowling coach Heath Streak will continue in their current positions, with Mangongo appointed as assistant coach. Mangongo will lead the team for the upcoming home series against Bangladesh to allow Waller to “round up his other commitments.” Flower and Streak are not expected to accompany the team during tours overseas, as has been the case with the current trip to the West Indies, and will instead work with the players during training camps and the off-season.
Incumbent coach Butcher was told that he would have to reapply for his contract, something which he chose not to do, professing a desire to spend more time with his family in the UK.
Waller, a 53 year-old who was born in Harare, is the father of national player Malcolm Waller and uncle of Mashonaland Eagles all-rounder Nathan. He played two Tests for Zimbabwe in 1996 against England and 39 ODIs between 1987 and 1997.
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