AFTER sacking national team coach Robin Brown last week, Zimbabwe Cricket is now on the hunt for a suitable replacement, although currently no clear candidate has emerged.
ZC did not renew Brownâ€™s contract after accusing him of favouritism and a stale relationship with players.
Under pressure for the controversial dismissal of Brown, the Zimbabwe board is struggling to find an appropriate coach on the local front as the available ones all not meeting the requirements to coach at the highest level.
Brownâ€™s assistant, Walter Chawaguta, only has six domestic first-class matches on his CV, and former selector Steven Mangongo might be viewed as lacking the right traits.
ZC are considering a foreigner for the job, a board source said this week â€“â€“ with the existing instability in the association and in the game at large, the board will struggle to attract â€“â€“ an international coach of repute.
But securing a good coach from the Asian subcontinent may not prove to be such a difficult task for ZC, and the board is already looking at that option.
The likeliest candidate should be former India all-rounder Sandip Patil, who Zimbabwe initially tried to engage when Trinidadian Phil Simmons was fired in 2005.
Patil has coached both the India and India A teams, then Kenya, who he took to an impressive semi-final place at the 2003 World Cup.
A man of many talents, Patil was also a pop singer and film actor in India, and later a sports journalist for a sports magazine which he edited.
By Enock Muchinjo