Zimbabwe news April 3, 2013

Mangongo to fill in for Waller as coach

Zimbabwe will begin the home series against Bangladesh this month without their new coach Andy Waller, who has yet to be officially announced as he makes arrangements to leave the UK. Stephen Mangogo, who was previous coach Alan Butcher's assistant, will stand-in for Waller until he arrives.

Waller has been working at a private school in Sussex, Eastbourne College, where he was the head cricket coach, and has just returned from a 12-day tour of Sri Lanka with the school's first team. A source close to both Waller and Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed that Waller had accepted the job and needed time to tie up loose ends before relocating to the country of his birth.

The delay has given Mangongo, who was also interviewed for the head coach's position, an opportunity to take charge for the first time. He served as Butcher's assistant for two years and has been intricately involved in the fabric of Zimbabwe cricket as chairman of Takashinga Cricket Club, which has produced many internationals, including Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu and Elton Chigumbura.

Mangongo promised a turnaround after Zimbabwe slumped to seven straight defeats across all formats on the tour of West Indies, which was marked by a failure to play spin adequately, something they will face in abundance against Bangladesh.

"I believe a change of tactics is required here and it's the route I intend to take during the training sessions," Mangongo said. "I intend to find and weed out those players who are not doing their job. I have already presented my findings to the selectors and recommended a few new players I wish to take on board, so you can expect some changes during the Bangladesh visit."

Zimbabwe dropped Elton Chigumbura and left-arm seamer Brian Vitori for their Caribbean tour after both lost form, but Mangongo's changes may result in their return. Others who could come into the reckoning are Logan Cup top-scorer Richmond Mutumbami, and bowlers Ed Rainsford and Glen Querl.

Bangladesh will play two Tests in Zimbabwe - the first time the hosts are playing more than a one-off Test at home since their comeback in August 2011 - three ODIs and two Twenty20s. The tour begins on April 17. Waller's arrival date has not been confirmed and it is possible he will only take over for Zimbabwe's next challenge in the FTP, against India for three ODIs in July.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on April 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    New Coach ( for one series ) and he wants to make wholesale changes not sure thats a good idea considering he wont be in charge after the series. But hope to see Chigumbura and rainsford brought back for all formats and Querl for tests and Coventry for limited overs. They must stick with Cremer though i feel Mangongo will go with Utseya and please no more Mpofu untill he deserves he place back !!!!!! My XI Mawoyo, Sibanda, Masakadza, Taylor (wk), Williams, Lamb, Chigumbura, Cremer, Rainsford, Jarvis, Querl/Chatara ..... 4 quicks 2 spinners plenty of bowling options !!!!!!

  • Hunsy on April 3, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Good luck to the (interim) coach lets hope he is brave with his selections Lamb in middle order and Rainsford or Querl to support Jarvis a must. I'd give the gloves and number 7 spot to Chas Coventry, tail weak so need quick blaster around them who can put opponents on the defensive. Taylor must concentrate on batting and captaincy not glove man as well.

  • on April 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Best of luck to Mangongo. He has the right attitude. Changing the leadership brings fresh ideas. Heath Streak and Grant Flower should be added to the support stuff. They know what it takes to be successful in international cricket.

  • grahaam on April 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Typically confusing news from ZC , amateur press releasing, giving nothing constructive, Has Waller actually got the job? If Mangango gets a series win what happens? This level administration is not reflective of a Test rated country. ZC are shocking, but they do not realise it ..Give the game back to cricket people and return to politics,

  • on April 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    For a guy in charrge for one series, he has big plans...or has he been promised the role in the long term?

    And if he is going to remove underperfoming guys I am afraid all batsmen will go :)

    How do you realy assess guys when they play one series a year? So these newcomers will be asked to perfom or perish...coz the only other chance is in another year? But then we will be trying other chappies? :)

  • on April 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    New Coach ( for one series ) and he wants to make wholesale changes not sure thats a good idea considering he wont be in charge after the series. But hope to see Chigumbura and rainsford brought back for all formats and Querl for tests and Coventry for limited overs. They must stick with Cremer though i feel Mangongo will go with Utseya and please no more Mpofu untill he deserves he place back !!!!!! My XI Mawoyo, Sibanda, Masakadza, Taylor (wk), Williams, Lamb, Chigumbura, Cremer, Rainsford, Jarvis, Querl/Chatara ..... 4 quicks 2 spinners plenty of bowling options !!!!!!

  • Hunsy on April 3, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Good luck to the (interim) coach lets hope he is brave with his selections Lamb in middle order and Rainsford or Querl to support Jarvis a must. I'd give the gloves and number 7 spot to Chas Coventry, tail weak so need quick blaster around them who can put opponents on the defensive. Taylor must concentrate on batting and captaincy not glove man as well.

  • on April 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Best of luck to Mangongo. He has the right attitude. Changing the leadership brings fresh ideas. Heath Streak and Grant Flower should be added to the support stuff. They know what it takes to be successful in international cricket.

  • grahaam on April 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Typically confusing news from ZC , amateur press releasing, giving nothing constructive, Has Waller actually got the job? If Mangango gets a series win what happens? This level administration is not reflective of a Test rated country. ZC are shocking, but they do not realise it ..Give the game back to cricket people and return to politics,

  • on April 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    For a guy in charrge for one series, he has big plans...or has he been promised the role in the long term?

    And if he is going to remove underperfoming guys I am afraid all batsmen will go :)

    How do you realy assess guys when they play one series a year? So these newcomers will be asked to perfom or perish...coz the only other chance is in another year? But then we will be trying other chappies? :)

  • on April 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    For a guy in charrge for one series, he has big plans...or has he been promised the role in the long term?

    And if he is going to remove underperfoming guys I am afraid all batsmen will go :)

    How do you realy assess guys when they play one series a year? So these newcomers will be asked to perfom or perish...coz the only other chance is in another year? But then we will be trying other chappies? :)

  • grahaam on April 3, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Typically confusing news from ZC , amateur press releasing, giving nothing constructive, Has Waller actually got the job? If Mangango gets a series win what happens? This level administration is not reflective of a Test rated country. ZC are shocking, but they do not realise it ..Give the game back to cricket people and return to politics,

  • on April 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Best of luck to Mangongo. He has the right attitude. Changing the leadership brings fresh ideas. Heath Streak and Grant Flower should be added to the support stuff. They know what it takes to be successful in international cricket.

  • Hunsy on April 3, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Good luck to the (interim) coach lets hope he is brave with his selections Lamb in middle order and Rainsford or Querl to support Jarvis a must. I'd give the gloves and number 7 spot to Chas Coventry, tail weak so need quick blaster around them who can put opponents on the defensive. Taylor must concentrate on batting and captaincy not glove man as well.

  • on April 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    New Coach ( for one series ) and he wants to make wholesale changes not sure thats a good idea considering he wont be in charge after the series. But hope to see Chigumbura and rainsford brought back for all formats and Querl for tests and Coventry for limited overs. They must stick with Cremer though i feel Mangongo will go with Utseya and please no more Mpofu untill he deserves he place back !!!!!! My XI Mawoyo, Sibanda, Masakadza, Taylor (wk), Williams, Lamb, Chigumbura, Cremer, Rainsford, Jarvis, Querl/Chatara ..... 4 quicks 2 spinners plenty of bowling options !!!!!!