By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) moved a step closer towards appointing a substantive coach after interviewing seven of the eight shortlisted candidates for the senior national team head coach post left vacant by former captain Heath Streak in April.
Although ZC appointed Lalchand Rajput from India on an interim basis from June 1 to August 31, they are still in the hunt for a substantive coach as they look to start afresh after the disappointment of the national team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
Rajput will have an opportunity to prove that he deserves the job full time, when he takes charge of Zimbabwe in the upcoming triangular T20 series involving Australia and Pakistan in Harare in early July before a five-match OSI series against Pakistan in Bulawayo from July 13-22.
A new substantive national team coach is expected to be named after the ODI series against Pakistan.
According to the schedule of interviews in possession of NewZimbabwe.com, the former Afghanistan coach was also among the seven coaches interviewed on Wednesday along with one Zimbabwean, two South Africans, one Englishman, a Scotsman and one Australian.
Former Zimbabwe bowler Douglas Hondo, who played nine Test matches and 56 ODIs is local gunning for the top post having previously served Zimbabwe ‘A’ coach and national team bowling coach.
South African Lance Klusener, who served as batting coach before he was fired together with Streak in April was also interviewed for the job while former national team fitness trainer declined to be interviewed despite being shortlisted for the post.
Former Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is one of the two South Africans that were interviewed for the job together with Anton Roux, who is the current assistant coach of Otago in New Zealand domestic cricket.
Scotsman Colin Siller, who has previously served as national coach of cricket minnows Fiji, former New Zealand coach Andy Moles and Australian Nathan Dodd complete the list of coaches vying for the Zimbabwe job.