Kirsten, Butcher Want Zim Coaching Role

ZIMBABWE Cricket has put on hold the appointment of a new national team coach due to overwhelming interest from high-profile locals and foreigners.

Former Zimbabwe international Grant Flower had been the top contender for the job, but after 15 applications were received, ZC deferred the appointment of the new technical team to May.

IndependentSport heard that following interests from no less a respected personality than ex-South Africa and Australia international Kepler Wessels, another South Africa great, Peter Kirsten has thrown his name in the hat.

The half-brother of former South Africa batting kingpin and current India coach Gary Kirsten, Peter Kirsten has also worked as a batting consultant for Kenya.

Wessels is currently on tour with the South Africa team in India as batting consultant following the resignation of Mickey Arthur and the sacking of the national selection panel which resulted in a shakeup by Cricket South Africa.

This paper can also reveal one of the frontrunners for the Zimbabwe job as Alan Butcher, the former English county cricket stalwart.

The 56-year-old Butcher, who has a strong family association with cricket, has previously coached Surrey and Essex.

Another Englishman, Chris Silverwood, is also in the running. Silverwood already coaches Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe.

Six coaches will be short-listed and they are likely to be Flower, Heath Streak, Wessels, Butcher, Kirsten and Silverwood.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s Stanbic Twenty20 domestic competition, which will run between February 12 and 20 in Harare, will be broadcast on DStv’s sports channel SuperSport, Zimbabwe Cricket announced yesterday. Most of the matches will be shown live. It’s the first time any local domestic sporting competition has been broadcasted on the channel. –– Staff Writer.

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