Andy Waller endorses Malcolm

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket team coach Andy Waller has no qualms with working together with his son Malcolm in the same team.

The Waller family wrote their own piece of history when Andy took over the reign of the national team from Englishman Alan Butcher, whose contract ran out earlier this year.

Andy and Malcolm became the first father and son combination to feature in the Zimbabwe national cricket team.

Andy a former Zimbabwe international batsman will take charge of the team for the first time in the upcoming series against India in July and his son Malcolm is part of the Zimbabwe ODI squad.

“Look that doesn’t bother me to be honest. I look at Malcolm as just one of the team members, that’s how I coach him and that’s how the situation ends,” Waller told the Daily News on Sunday.

“Out on the field I don’t look at him as my son I just look at him as one of the members of squad, I haven’t really thought about that to be honest.”

The ex- Zimbabwe international believes that Malcolm is a good player who worked hard to earn his place in the squad.

“Well I think he is a very good player, he must be a good player to be playing in the national side at the moment,” Andy said of his son.

“He has worked hard, he’s not shy of hard work and he’s probably the fittest guy in the team at the moment which shows the work he has put in.

“In the two weeks that we have been in camp, he definitely looks like he is the one at the top of the fitness chart.”

As the team prepares for India’s visit, Andy said he does not want to be involved in any issues other than coaching but said there is need to respect the players’ welfare.

“I just want to focus on my coaching and hopefully finances are coming, one thing you don’t want is a situation like before Bangladesh where players had issues with contracts,” he said.

“Once that happens it’s not easy for a player to concentrate on the game so I just hope that we get past the financial issues.”

Andy is confident that the team got a morale boost during the last home series against Bangladesh and the players are motivated to play at their maximum potential.

Zimbabwe drew the two-match Test Series one-all, won the ODI series 3-2 before sharing the spoils in the two-match Twenty20 competition.

“I think that the confidence level went up against Bangladesh and I hope with the work that we are putting in our self- belief will rise,” he said.

“I don’t think the players lack motivation. I think they just need a little bit more advice on how to motivate themselves and the way to do that is basically to have goals and doing everything we can to reach those goals.”

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