Flower hard to replace – Ziehl

HARARE - Mid West Rhinos will find it difficult to replace coach Grant Flower according to franchise administrator Kenyon Ziehl.

The Rhinos coach post become vacant after Flower was appointed the Pakistan batting coach last month.

The Kwekwe-based franchise is now in the hunt of a replacement for the former Zimbabwe international batsman.

“That’s a great loss and I think he’ll (Flower) be hard to replace,” Ziehl told the Daily News on Sunday.

“I’m sure Zimbabwe Cricket will allocate a coach to us but of note for me is the fact that all the coaches that have passed through Mid West Rhinos have gone on to something bigger and better and a new broom sweeps cleaner, who knows the new coach may be just equally to the task.”

Ziehl, who was formerly the Mid West Rhinos chief executive officer before ZC’s restructuring exercise, described the Kwekwe-based franchise as ideal platform for self-motivated coaches to lunch their careers.

“This is an area where any coach needs to work from scratch and make things happen and that has sort of put them up there in terms of their CVs.

“We have a distinct vision and we also work around as one bigger family as we endeavour to reach our intended goal,” said Ziehl.

The first Rhinos coach during the new franchise era that began in 2010 was Andy Waller, who was appointed in September 2009 before he left for the United Kingdom a year later.

Waller is now back in Zimbabwe and is now the Zimbabwe national team coach.

Waller’s replacement, Jason Gillespie, a former Australian speed merchant, took over between 2010 and 2012.

Gillespie left for the United Kingdom where he is currently the head coach for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The Australian was replaced by Flower in August 2012.

He was subsequently picked for the post of Pakistan batting coach last month and his resignation from ZC meant that Rhinos also have to look beyond him and get a new coach.

Flower, who is known as a hardworking coach, said that his move to Pakistan was motivated by his desire to develop as an individual.

“I have definitely seen improvements both technically and mentally and feel that there is still a tremendous amount of talent within Zimbabwe Cricket to be unearthed,” he said.

“The players need to find the inner drive for success at the highest level as it cannot always be coach driven.

“Regarding taking up the position as Batting Coach with the Pakistan National Team, I believe that this is the right time for me to take on a new challenge in order to enhance my career.”

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