Streak, Flower disappointed

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe Test cricketers Heath Streak and Grant Flower, the current national team bowling and batting coach respectively, have expressed disappointment at being left out of the upcoming West Indies tour.

The two ex-internationals were dropped from the tour in what is believed to be a cost-cutting measure.

“Obviously I would have loved to go. It’s always nice to see some of the younger bowlers playing in their first tour and give them support,” Streak told the Daily News yesterday.

 “I understand a decision had to be made but any human being would be disappointed not to be on a touring part just like any player would be disappointed to be left out of the squad. It’s sad but of course I will put my pride in being in the country, I have always given 100 per cent to country and the game.

 “Whilst I might not be there in flesh, I will be there supporting the boys and giving as much advice through various interactive platforms available. The Caribbean is a good place to play cricket and a great part of the world with a great atmosphere.”

Batting coach Flower was equally disappointed.

“I’m not very happy about it, I’m very disappointed and upset but I can only control what I can control and leave what I cannot,” Flower said.

 “I have put in a lot of effort with the team and if anything I would have wanted to be there with the players because they are the most important aspect of the game.”

 Flower is one of the three coaches interviewed for the coaching post that will fall vacant at the end of the West Indies tour is not sure whether the move the move to leave him behind automatically rues him out on succeeding Englishman Butcher.

 “I’m not sure to be honest, I don’t know if it helps because I think it was ideal for anyone aspiring to be with the team in the near future to be left behind for such an important tour. ”

Meanwhile, head coach Alan Butcher also voiced his displeasure.

 “I’m disappointed, they worked hard with the players and it’s unfortunate that it’s going to make life a bit harder for the players in the Caribbean,” Butcher said.

Butcher said there was no discord in the way the four coaches handled their business in the three years they have been working together.

 “We have always discussed issues as a team, we disagreed on some, that’s normal, but we have always come to an agreement that everyone will be happy about.”

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