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The Good Murungu

From Zimbabwe, with love

May 28, 2016: Alan Butcher's memoirs of his time as the country's coach are full of affection, if also marked by disappointments and frustrations

Firdose Moonda

Zimbabwe news

Massive trust issues in Zimbabwe - Butcher

May 27, 2016: A deep-seated trust issue is central to the problems Zimbabwe Cricket faces as it attempts to build a unified outfit, according to former national coach Alan Butcher

Firdose Moonda

What Zimbabwe's fall means for Test cricket

May 10, 2016: They are locked in a vicious circle where the fewer Tests they play, the less competitive they are in the format. It does not speak well of the health of the five-day game

Tim Wigmore

What Sylvester Clarke taught me

May 12, 2015: How a batsman haunted by nightmares of facing fast bowling put his demons behind him

Alan Butcher

Zimbabwe cricket in familiar strife again

Feb 9, 2013: A decade since the "death of democracy" protest, the country's cricket struggles with issues of race, politics, and player alienation

Liam Brickhill

ZImbabwe in West Indies 2012-13

Zimbabwe cut coaching staff for West Indies tour

Feb 4, 2013: Zimbabwe will embark on their first Test assignment in over a year without key coaching personnel

Firdose Moonda

Zimbabwe news

Zimbabwe advertise for new coach

Nov 14, 2012: Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has advertised for the job of national coach, starting next April

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alan Butcher

Facing Roberts, smashing china

Jul 9, 2012: Alan Butcher on wafting to his first hundred, a planned tantrum, and playing with his son

Interview by Jack Wilson

New Zealand v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Napier

Zimbabwe embarrassed by loss, says Butcher

Jan 30, 2012: Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, has said his players were embarrassed by their loss inside three days to New Zealand in Napier

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe in New Zealand 2011-12

New Zealand can be beaten - Butcher

Jan 18, 2012: Zimbabwe have the courage and confidence to compete with and beat New Zealand in the one-off Test in Napier starting on January 26, according to the head coach Alan Butcher

Firdose Moonda

Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare

Butcher wants braver batting

Sep 11, 2011: Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, called for "braver" batting from his team after their 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan that cost them the ODI series

Firdose Moonda

Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bulawayo

Butcher says slow scoring hurt Zimbabwe

Sep 8, 2011: Alan Butcher said the crucial phase in his side's loss to Pakistan was the one between the 10th and 20th overs of the chase during which Zimbabwe scored only 30 runs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alan Butcher

'We'll be a tougher prospect in the next World Cup'

Sep 8, 2011: Zimbabwe's coach is happy enough with his side's progress to already be considering an extension to his contract. He talks about instilling belief in a "talented but easy to beat" team and watching them grow in confidence

Interview by Firdose Moonda

Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, Bulawayo, 5th day

Butcher laments dropped catches

Sep 5, 2011: Alan Butcher, Zimbabwe's coach, singled out dropped catches as the reason for his team squandering their chance of being competitive in the latter stages of the Test

Firdose Moonda in Bulawayo

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 5th ODI, Bulawayo

Defeats have taken the gloss off - Butcher

Aug 21, 2011: Time for Zimbabwe to build on gains and Bangladesh to effect change, say coaches

Mohammad Isam in Bulawayo

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 4th ODI, Bulawayo

'We played good cricket today' - Shakib

Aug 19, 2011: Shakib Al Hasan has said although the conditions in Bulawayo were more to Bangladesh's liking, it was a good performance that led to their first victory of the tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare

Alan Butcher hails 'significant' win

Aug 16, 2011: Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, has said the ODI series triumph over Bangladesh is a major boost to the confidence of a team that experienced tough times in the past

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Only Test, Harare, 3rd day

Both teams make mental adjustments for Test

Aug 6, 2011: Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have not played Test cricket for a combined total of 85 months between them, requiring both sides to make mental adjustments to cope with the demands of the game's longest format

Firdose Moonda in Harare

Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2011

We're ready for Tests - Campbell

Jul 29, 2011: National selector Alistair Campbell believes Zimbabwe's preparations for their return to Test cricket will stand them in good stead, but admitted that mental strength remained the team's greatest challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe news

Zimbabwe switch focus to fast bowlers

May 17, 2011: Zimbabwe are re-adjusting the focus of their bowling attack from spin to seam in preparation for their return to Test cricket against Bangladesh in August

ESPNcricinfo staff
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