Hondo left the team in February 2007 in a dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket over his dreadlocks. The Zimbabwe Cricket board had forbidden such long, braided hair on players.
Hondo refused to submit to the policy and went to Britain.
Cricket analyst Brian Goredema said he doubted Hondo would be named to the position of assistant coach because there are a number of other more suitable candidates.
Goredema told told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the team could tap former "rebel" players who left the team four years ago after a dispute with management over bonuses and the way cricket was being run in the country.
The players who left were highly experienced and many of them were white, which sparked a damaging racial row within Zimbabwe Cricket.