Makhaya Ntini and Lance Klusener have taken on new coaching roles in Zimbabwe after a radical shake-up which saw coach Dav Whatmore sacked.
Ntini, previously the bowling coach, was promoted to interim head coach while Klusener, who has been searching for a role after being suddenly dismissed as Dolphins coach last year, becomes batting coach.
The Zimbabwe board has also sacked their captain Hamilton Masakadza after a review of the team’s performance at the World T20 in March.
The board has also restructured the selection panel, which will now consist of a convener, the head coach, and the assistant coach. Tatenda Taibu, the former Zimbabwe captain, has been appointed convener, and, according to a ZC release, ‘will have additional responsibilities in development and high performance, and will also assist ZC in bringing former Zimbabwe players back into local cricket.’
Taibu has spent years in the wilderness after losing the Zimbabwe captaincy in 2005, and played lower league cricket in England for some time. He returned to play for his country again, but retired again in 2012.
Masakadza was dropped in October 2015, then came back, scored heavily and took over the captaincy in all three formats following Elton Chigumbura’s resignation in January.
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