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."