ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) axed national team coach Walter Chawaguta on Thursday, and advertised his job on its website. But Lovemore Banda, the ZC senior manager for communications and media said Chawaguta has not been
fired. "He is free to re-apply if he wishes," Banda said. Chawaguta replaced Robin Brown whose contract was not renewed in August, but the recent drubbing by Sri Lanka in five One Day Internationals has left ZC soul searching. ZC has made it clear that they will not engage a foreign coach. “It is unwarranted and unfortunate for people to disown their own, and all this speculation that ZC are looking at employing a foreign coach is totally unfounded and baseless,” said ZC managing director Ozias Bvute on the ZC website. According the ZC advert, the new coach is expected to lead the team in Test matches-where Zimbabwe is still unable to play, the one day matches and also have five years experience. This means the likes of former seamers Douglas Hondo, Ray Price and Heath Streak can even be considered, as they are locals. ZC flighted two advertisements, one for the senior national team coach and the other for the Zimbabwe A team. Zimbabwe’s next international fixture on the calendar is the opening match of a tri-nation tournament, against Bangladesh, in Dhaka on January 10.
THE ZC ADVERT:
POST 1: NATIONAL TEAM COACH:
1. The Job
• To coach the National Team and coordinate the various activities of the National Team in liaison with the National Team Manager and the other members of the technical staff.
• To plan strategically and prepare the National Cricket Team to play competitively and win
matches in all formats of the game.
• As 1 of the 10 Full Members of the ICC, Zimbabwe will participate in various formats of the
game such as Twenty20, ODIs and Test matches. As such the Coach should be versatile enough to adopt coaching methods to suit the above forms of cricket.
2. The Person:
Candidates must have the following:
• Previously played cricket at least at first class level.
• Be holders of a recognized level 3 coaching certificate and must have coached at senior level for at least 5 years.
• Have good analytical skills.
• Motivate players and be firm and fair
• Good leadership skills and be able to lead both the National Team and the technical staff