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Waller appointed new Zimbabwe cricket coach

by Sports reporter
02 May 2013 at 11:51hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board has appointed Andrew Christopher Waller as the new coach of the Zimbabwe national team.

Waller will take over from acting national coach Stephen Mangongo, after the Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe.

Mangongo, who was appointed coach to take charge of the home team for the series against Bangladesh following the expiry of Alan Butcher's contract on the 31st of March, will become Waller's deputy.

Waller will accompany Mangongo to Bulawayo for the limited overs international matches of the tour, as part of his settling in.

Waller's cricketing career saw him become a regular in the Zimbabwe one-day side from the mid-1980s, appearing in the 1987, 1992 and 1996 World Cup squads.

The top order batsman made his test debut against England in 1996/97 and impressed with an innings of 50 runs.

He retained his place for the second test, which turned out to be his last in that version of the game.

Waller played another seven one-day international matches before retiring due to injury.

Affectionately known in cricketing circles as "Bundu," the 53 year old Waller coached the Namibia national cricket team before returning to Zimbabwe in April 2009.

He is the father of Zimbabwe middle order batsman Malcolm.

Meanwhile, the ZC board has also appointed Walter Chawaguta as the national Under-19 coach, taking over from former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris.

Chawaguta's immediate assignment is to prepare the Zimbabwe side for the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in February and March next year.

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Source - zbc