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