ZC hunts for Streak's successor

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) yesterday engaged the services of a private consultant to recruit a new coach to replace Heath Streak, who was sacked last month.

However, ZC might run into legal problems later on because Streak together with ex-batting coach Lance Klusener, ex-fitness coach Sean Bell and ex-Zimbabwe U19 coach Steve Mangongo have all challenged their dismissals in the court.

The ZC board led by chairperson Tavengwa Mukuhlani sacked Streak and company following Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in England and Wales.

“Industrial Psychology Consultants (Pvt) Ltd has been retained by Zimbabwe Cricket to recruit the National Team Head Coach. The individual should have attained a recognised coaching certificate at a higher level, impeccable record of coaching at first class and international level,” reads the vacancy notice published by ZC yesterday.

Similar vacancies for the Zimbabwe team doctor, physiotherapist and fitness trainer have also been published.

The deadline for prospective individuals to hand in their applications has been set for May 7 and as for the coach’s post, the main responsibilities and duties of the individual have been set out as follows:

“Ensure individual players are prepared, developed and managed for high performance. Establish a culture and style of play supported by key systems and processes, will contribute to a consistent high performance and development of Zimbabwe cricketers.

“Ensure the conduct of the national team is in keeping up with the highest standards of integrity. Develop and implement coaching plans to meet individual development needs by a player and team.

“Provide direction on the game strategy and style of play that enables field success. Effectively manage the workload of the players, and enhancing their contribution to the cause of the team.

“In conjunction with the captain and team manager, maintain and develop a culture that ensures player behaviour is consistent with the relevant codes of conduct.

“In conjunction with the captain and other members of the team management, communicate expectations of player behaviour (non-negotiable) at the commencement of each tour.

“Reinforce and develop within the team, greater recognition of the spirit of cricket and the responsibility of players to promote the game and show it in a positive light.

“Build positive relationships with players, team management and other stakeholders. Develop a close working relationship with and oversee the technical aspects in relation to players’ health, fitness and mental preparedness.

“Clearly understand ZC’s strategic framework and incorporate relevant focus into dealings with players, other staff and stakeholders. Build a world class coaching and technical team.”

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