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Zimbabwe appoint Heath Streak as head coach

Heath Streak's primary objective will be to ensure a direct qualification for Zimbabwe for the 2019 World Cup
Heath Streak's primary objective will be to ensure a qualification for Zimbabwe for the 2019 World Cup
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Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwe skipper, will take over as the national team's head coach and will fill the vacancy created after the sacking of Dav Whatmore.

Streak was chosen by Zimbabwe Cricket ahead of the likes of Andy Blignaut, Peter Kirsten and Justin Simmons – all of whom were interviewed by the board last week.

The primary target on hand for the 42-year-old will be to ensure that Zimbabwe qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup which will be staged in England and Wales.

Furthermore, Streak, who is the bowling coach of the Gujarat Lions franchise in the Indian Premier League has also been allowed to continue in that position.

Between Whatmore’s dismissal in June and now, Zimbabwe handed the reigns of the team to Makhaya Ntini, who is currently expected to retain his place as the bowling coach of the side.

Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener is also slated to continue his stint with the Zimbabwe side as the batting consultant.

Under Alan Butcher, Streak served as the bowling coach of Zimbabwe between 2009 and 2013, after which, he went on to reprise the same role with Bangladesh.

The first assignment for Streak in international cricket will be the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, which will get underway on 29th October.

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