Zimbabwe news May 1, 2013

Waller confirmed as Zimbabwe coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andy Waller, the former Zimbabwe batsman, has been confirmed as the country's new head coach. He will take up his post after the Bangladesh tour.

As revealed by ESPNcricinfo Waller will replace current acting national coach Stephen Mangongo with Mangongo becoming Waller's assistant.

Waller, 53, played two Tests - both against England - and 39 ODIs for Zimbabwe between 1987 and 1997. He became coach of Namibia before being appointed Zimbabwe coaches manager in 2009. He then joined Midwest Rhinos as head coach before coming to the UK to work at Eastborne College.

"Waller takes over the reins at a time when the demands on our performance are very high," Zimbabwe Cricket Board chairman, Peter Chingoka, said. "We are confident that the strategy he presented to us and his unique style of coaching will yield positive results."

Waller said he had high expectations: "We have a busy calendar of tours and our performance needs to start reflecting the preparation that goes into these games. My long-term focus is to build a team of the future and I am looking forward to working with the boys."

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  • Daniel on May 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    With so many people calling for Zim to not be included in Test cricket or not being deserving of the status, I find it quite ironic that at present there are 10 test playing nations of which 3 are coached by Zimbabweans. I think Waller will be a great asset to Zim with his experience and hopefully he can rope Streak into a permanent role as bowling coach. Nduru, I couldn't agree with you more regarding Mangongo.

  • Andrew on May 7, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    @ZCF_Outkast. Get real dude. Mangongo is an amatuer who has not played on any level that qualifies him to coach a national team. I think Zim could have drawn the second test if we had a decent coach. And just look at the terrible, unforgivable fielding if you want an indication that the boys are not being prepared properly. His talent is in nurturing young talent, and for that, I give him respect. But without the likes of Grant Flower and Heath Streak working tirelessley with them in the nets, I fear we will not really have the quality input that our guys need, given that most of them have grown up with a sore lack of local senior players to model themselves on.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    all the best Waller looking forward to a new strategy

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    At last word from Zim Cricket... Lets wait and see how the team will fare under him

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Wishing Andy & the Zim players all the best. Andy Waller is a fine man for the job, a top motivator who was inspirational in Zimbabwe being regarded as the best fielding side in world cricket in the mid to late '80's, which ultimately influenced Zim's long overdue intro to Test Cricket in the early '90's. He knows what it takes to prepare for all aspects of the game at the top. He understands Zimbabwe, is adept at dealing with chaos and producing with limited resources at his disposal through dedication and hard work. Good luck in the role 'Bundu'.

  • Eugene on May 3, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Mangongo is an amateur who should be nowhere near the team.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Mangongo's game was exposed in the last test series, yes he can mobilise the boysbut his strategies to winning a game leave a lot to be desired

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Goodluck Waller, we looking forward to the re-building of the team. The potential just need to be unlocked as it is there in abundance. Players who can pull a 300+ test win amidst a crisis with a ill managed cricketing body are not to e joked about. I strongly feel that all the boys need is confidence as this remains the only reason we can beat Bangladesh and play dismally against teams that Banlgadesh stands up to. If we believed we could conquer them then i think we will be in a position to stand up to more teams. Lets see more Tuskers in the team as the local league is dominated by them and stop the Mashonaland based selection. An objective selection criteria should be put in place, where batting and bowling averages decide on players' fate.

  • ZCF on May 1, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Tragic! Anyway as long as Mangongo is in the frame things won't be that bad. He'll make Andy Waller appear a better coach than he really is. Surely after this compromise appointment, the time will have come for Mangongo to takeover the helm permanently. The only regret will be that when it happens his protégés will be nearing the end of their prime. Sad!

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