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Streak Appointed Zimbabwe Cricket Team Coach

FILE: Zimbabwe cricket captain Heath Streak smiles during nets practice atLord's cricket ground in London, May 20, 2003. Reuters.

Zimbabwe Cricket have announced the appointment of former captain Heath Streak as the new head coach of the Zimbabwe national team.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Zimbabwe Cricket chairman
Tawengwa Mukuhlani who said the appointment was with immediate effect
and is on a two year contract.

The 42 year old Streak replaces Australian Dave Whatmore who was sacked in June after a string of poor results.

“It’s our belief as a board and as an institution that in him we have the correct candidate, that in him we have brought in the finest of Zimbabwe in terms of professionalism.

“We hope to see the fortunes of the team turning around. He is not new to the system and we are confident we have landed the right candidate for the job.” said Mukuhlani.

Makhaya Ntini, who had taken over the position on a caretaker basis, reverts back to his old position of bowling coach, according to Mukuhlani.

Streak’s biggest assignment is to ensure Zimbabwe’s qualification to the 2019 World Cup finals although his immediate task starts on October 29 in the two-match home Test Series against Sri Lanka.

Streak said he is going to do everything to the best of his ability to ensure that the Chevrons were back to the good old days.

“For me, to be offered the post of head coach is a great honour and I know with it comes responsibility not just to the players but to the fans and supporters of Zimbabwe cricket as well ,” said Streak.

Streak has before coached Matabeleland Tuskers, was once bowling coach of the Chevrons and the Bangladesh national team. At the moment, he is
coach of Gujarat in the Indian Premier League.

The Test against Sri Lanka will be Streak’s test case.