Zimbabwe news January 12, 2016

Zimbabwe rope in Ntini, Atapattu as coaches

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has been contracted as Zimbabwe's assistant coach in charge of bowling © Gallo Images

Zimbabwe have recruited Makhaya Ntini and Marvan Atapattu to be assistant coach and batting consultant respectively, according to a report published today on the Zimbabwe Cricket website. The report says Ntini has been given a two-year contract, while Atapattu has been roped in for the duration of Zimbabwe's tour to Bangladesh starting from January 15.

Ntini, 38, has played 101 Tests, 173 ODIs and 10 T20Is for South Africa over a period of 13 years. ZC says he will begin work from February 16, while former bowling coach Douglas Hondo has been reassigned to the Zimbabwe A team.

Atapattu, a former Sri Lanka captain and coach, may succeed Andy Waller as Zimbabwe's batting coach. Currently, he is only a consultant but his "contract will be reviewed after the Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, with a view to entering into a longer relationship," the Zimbabwe Cricket report said.

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  • Brian on January 15, 2016, 15:07 GMT

    Employing Ntini is a waste of time, the problem lies with the administration...fire trhe ZC !!! The ICC watched idly as Rome burns !! Pathetic ! The Houghtons, Flowers, Streaks et all should be here coaching, not a foreigner who will be here for one purpose..to enhance his own CV !!

  • sohail on January 13, 2016, 16:37 GMT

    It was in 2005 or so, I happened to meet a gentleman here in Houston, TX at my work place. He somehow looked American but had a different accent. So I asked him where he was from, he responded "ZIMBABWE" and asked me where I am from and I responded BANGLADESH. He asked me what did I know about ZIMBABWE, so I told him Cricket, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River etc. When I told him I am from Bangladesh, he sort of laughed and commented, "Oh, not so good!" I asked him what he was referring to and he said Cricket. That day I looked at him as a competitor. The story is quiet different now. Bangladesh has come out as a Superpower in ODI in 2015 finally after starting to show off in 2007 WI world cup and Zimbabwe? Don't know what to say after they lost to Afghanistan in back to back series. We are still a competitor, however I wish Zimbabwe Cricket the best. Don't loose to the Associates like this, not now, not in the future. I want to see Zimbabwe with glory that I saw in that man's eyes.

  • G on January 13, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    Oh dear, Ntini, if his credentials/results were high as a coaching assistant I am sure Cricket SA would have adopted him already, ? strange but more experienced than D Hondo so should make a difference..the problem of course is he needs fast bowlers to coach , Vitori made great strides under Streak and co so maybe he can re-ignited under this new regime..

  • Alexander on January 13, 2016, 14:00 GMT

    Ntini please rope in Gerald Aliseni he is the quickest bowler currently in Zimbabwe and would add a bit of pace to the bowling attack

  • Munyaradzi on January 13, 2016, 13:15 GMT

    reviewing of Atapattu's contract should be based on the player's response to his advice. this might be an issue of having a good consultant yet the players are unwilling to put the skills given to them to use/

  • Maruf on January 13, 2016, 9:46 GMT

    Good luck to Zimbabwe. Hope, things get better under the new management.

  • Virendra on January 13, 2016, 8:00 GMT

    Good news for Zimbabwe cricket. Hope it shows good results.

  • Sapho on January 13, 2016, 7:11 GMT

    A hospital pass if there ever was one, Zimbabwe is the worst Test playing country currently by a loooong, long way. When Bangladesh was doing badly they were full of talented young cricketers, new coaches had something to work with. Zimbabwe is in really bad shape and I don't know how inexperienced coaches can to do to help old players. Good luck Makhaya, I hope ur name doesn't get dragged through mud.

  • Hafiz Muhammad on January 13, 2016, 3:08 GMT

    well come 2 new coach and Zimbabwe win WC t20 INSHA ALLAH

  • Kathy on January 13, 2016, 1:09 GMT

    Hope they get paid. No one else seems to....

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