Flower and Streak chase Zimbabwe coaching post

Zimbabwe Cricket has begun the process of making a long-term appointment as national coach which becomes vacant when Walter Chawaguta's contract expires at the end of the year.

The job was advertised a year ago but Chawaguta was one of four applicants, none being particularly inspiring, and so he had his contract extended almost by default. In recent months it was rumoured that Heath Streak was almost certain to replace him, but now it seems that is no longer guaranteed.

While a year ago there was little to appeal to coaches of any calibre, the progress made in the last 12 months means it is now again becoming a tempting international post.

Local newspapers have reported former international Grant Flower, brother of England coach Andy, is one of those at the top of the pile. Although he was one of the rebels back in 2004, many have since returned after a softening of the party line by ZC.

Chawaguta, meanwhile, said that he understood the post would be advertised back in October, and while he had been told he could apply, he had not done so. It is hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for a man who has been in charge during some very difficult times and yet has never really had the support of those running the game.