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Flower, Streak survive cull

National team specialist coach Grant Flower is set to retain his post as batting coach after losing out on the top job to Andy Waller, who will delay assuming his new position as he rounds up other commitments.

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Decision-making body, the cricket committee headed by Alistair Campbell, recommended bowling coach Heath Streak’s removal and it has also emerged the same group is also responsible for the removal of coach Alan Butcher who was not offered a contract extension as expected.

Steve Mangongo who has also been retained in the system as assistant coach will take charge of the team against Bangladesh in a home series.

The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)board has made a decision regarding the structure of the technical team but has delayed making an announcement.

Sources told IndependentSport that specialist coaches Streak and Flower, left behind when the team left for the West Indies owing to internal divisions in the coaching structure, will retain their posts.

The two, who are franchise coaches, will work with the national team on a part-time basis and their involvement with the national team will be limited.

Streak told IndependentSport in an earlier interview that he hoped he would be retained in his post despite the disappointment of missing out on the West Indies trip.

A source said the board “made a decision on the coaches and Waller will take over, but despite recommendations that specialist coaches should be removed, Flower and Streak have been retained in their current positions.”

“They will be invited to work with the players during national team camps but their involvement will only be during pre-tour preparations,” said the source.

Butcher’s contract runs out in the first week of April and the current Test series against the West Indies is his last assignment.

After clashes between the coaches and selectors at the International Cricket Council T-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka late last year, the cricket committee interviewed senior players and recommended a technical structure excluding specialist coaches.

It has also emerged Butcher was a dead man walking for a long time after the powerful committee recommended his sacking following the New Zealand tour early last year where Zimbabwe lost all matches in the three formats.

It has emerged Butcher, who did not apply to be reinstated as coach, was surprised he was not offered a new contract.

While the home form under the Englishman was decent, the away record cost him the job.

Already Zimbabwe has lost all the limited over matches in the West Indies and are struggling in the first Test.

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