Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has officially announced Dave Whatmore has signed a new four-year contract to coach the national team, but it could be end of the road for batting coach Andy Waller.
Waller coached the national team for a year before he was removed in favour of Steve Mangongo, whose stint was even shorter before Whatmore was asked to preside over the team at the 2015 ICC World Cup.
Whatmore invited Waller to take up the batting-coach position for the global showcase, but the relationship seems to have come to an abrupt end with a new batting coach set to be revealed.
Waller’s contract with ZC has expired and it is unlikely to be renewed, with Wayne James and Trevor Gripper among those touted to take up his position.
Douglas Hondo is likely to continue as bowling coach.
At a media conference yesterday ZC declined to reveal the names of the assistant coaches despite announcing the new deal for Whatmore.
Managing director Cricket Affairs Alistair Campbell said the process of coming up with the assistants had not been completed even though Whatmore had already picked those he preferred to work with.
“You guys will have to be patient. We have contracts expiring; some will be renewed some may not, but the coach has already identified the people he prefers to work with,” said Campbell.
ZC board chairman Wilson Manase said the coach had been given the mandate to pick his assistants and those are the people the board would appoint.
“We are happy that we signed a new deal with such an experienced coach, so we have given him the freedom to choose the people he prefers to work with. We have started on the road towards qualifying for the 2019 World Cup and we are confident we have the best technical team for that job,” said Manase.
ZC announced Zimbabwe have a busy limited overs schedule this year which will see matches against Pakistan away, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Ireland and West Indies all at home, before the end-of-year tour to Bangladesh to include Test matches.
Manase said the busy programme would help the team bridge the gap with other top nations in terms of number of matches played.
“Before we went to the World Cup our team had played just 49 ODIs. Compared to other Test nations the team that had the least number of matches was Bangladesh with 120. We had played less than half of that, so we are trying to play as many matches as possible so that the team benefits.”