Chawaguta new Zim A coach

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket has confirmed the Zim A tour of Bangladesh and also appointed Walter Chawaguta as the developmental side’s new coach.

Chawaguta takes charge of the team for the month-long tour of the Subcontinent that is expected to start on July 1.

The former Zimbabwe national team coach had become accustomed to coaching the junior age group teams and is expected to announce his squad with the help of national selectors this Friday.

Players named in the squad will begin their preparations for the trip on June 1.

Freddy Kapuya, Zimbabwe Cricket board member and chairman of the cricket committee confirmed Chawaguta’s appointment.

“Walter Chawaguta will take care of the Zimbabwe A affairs as the new coach and he’s preparing his schedule which will enable him and the selectors to come up with a squad by the end of next week,” Kapuya told the Daily News on Sunday.

“The team will tour Bangladesh for a month from the first of July. As cricket committee we are working on how best we can bring back the glory good old days and this includes reviving the Academy where the fringe players would be in camp for three months.”

Kapuya also confirmed the disbandment of the Masvingo Franchise, Southern Rocks but said development programmes will continue to run in the province.

“We have recommended that the developmental aspect of the game should remain because we still feel that Masvingo has a lot to offer when it comes to cricket. The players will be divided among the remaining four franchises teams so that they continue horning their skills on the field of play.”

Meanwhile, Chawaguta said he was looking forward to his new role as the Zimbabwe A coach.

“I’m still new in the game (new role) to be honest and I’m still to meet the convenor to decide on the team because I officially learnt about the appointment on Tuesday,” Chawaguta said.

“I will be dealing with much older boys now; some of them will be inspiring to get into the national team while some have played for the senior team before so it shouldn’t be much of problem for me.

“The only problem will be to find a suitable replacement for the Under-18 side which we are taking a special interest in because the world cup will be coming soon and they are the future of Zimbabwe cricket.”

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