FORMER national cricket team coach, Dave Houghton, has switched from Matabeleland Tuskers franchise to Southern Rocks ahead of the new domestic season.
Houghton won two Logan Cup championships at the Bulawayo based franchise and faces a new challenge at the Masvingo franchise which has struggled in the past couple of seasons.
Franchise chief executive officer Givemore Makoni confirmed his first signing of the season which will be followed up with the arrival of new players.
“We have signed a deal with Houghton to be our coach this season,” said Makoni. “We have a young side and after we also lost the experience of Tatenda Taibu we needed Houghton’s experience at the top to guide the young players.
He is a very experienced coach and has acquired a wealth of experience in various coaching set-ups. We are hoping to assemble a strong side this term and we have a big ambition that is why we chose Houghton.”
Houghton replaces expatriate Monte Lynch who was not offered a new contract for the new season which starts second week of October with the Castle lager Logan Cup.
Taibu recently retired from all forms of cricket to pursue other interests.
Tuskers have not yet announced their new coaching line-up but will be hoping for title defence in the Logan Cup.