Mangongo picks Hondo, James

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Zimbabwe national cricket team coach Steve Mangongo has picked Douglas Hondo and Wayne James as his assistants to complete the new technical set up.

Kevin Mapasure

Mangongo’s proposal would see Hondo becoming the new bowling coach, while James, who was relieved of his post as national selector three weeks ago, takes up the coaching assistant post.

ZC did not replace Heath Streak as bowling coach when he was sacked at the Cricket Committee and then head coach Andy Waller’s recommendations.

The Cricket Committee is set to make recommendations to the board that will make the appointments if they agree with the proposed set up.

While James mourned about his removal from the selection committee, it was unknown to him there were plans to place him elsewhere.

Mohammed “Babu” Meman has since replaced James as national selector in a set up that also includes Givemore Makoni and Mangongo.

Director of coaching Andy Waller also makes input into selection matters.

After a heavy defeat to Australia in the opening match of the running tri-series that also features neighbours South Africa, Mangongo told reporters he had already made recommendations on beefing up the technical department.

Yesterday Mangongo confirmed to independentsport that his choices were Hondo and James.

“I made those recommendations to the Cricket Committee, what is left is for them to take it up with the board and hopefully the guys can be appointed,” said Mangongo. “They are both qualified and experienced and I feel if we work together we can achieve our goals.”

Hondo played nine Tests for Zimbabwe, taking 21 wickets in the process. he represented the national team in 56 One Day Internationals where he took 61 wickets.

In his 50 first-class games, he took 133 wickets.

The 35-year-old made his Test debut against South Africa in 2001 and played his last match in that format in Bangladesh in a tour he also played his last ODI, having made his debut against England in 2001.

Hondo attained some of his coaching badges in Australia.
In his playing days he attended the Dennis Lillee’s pace bowling academy in Chennai.

On the other hand, James played four Tests for Zimbabwe and 11 ODIs as a wicketkeeper-batsman. With results, particularly the loss to Hong Kong and failure at the World T-20 and the recent drawn series against Afghanistan under Waller, sparking fire and consternation from the fans, ZC had to act and try to arrest the slide by appointing Mangongo to the top seat.

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