Zimbabwe appoints Dave Houghton as Head Coach of National team

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Zimbabwe appoints Dave Houghton as Head Coach of National team

Former Zimbabwe batter Dave Houghton has been appointed as the National team’s New head Coach ahead of the T20 World Cup Qualifier starting next Month in Zimbabwe itself. He will take over the coaching duties from Lalchand Rajput who will now assume a new role as technical director.

Though Rajput’s coaching contract was renewed in march by Zimbabwe cricket, the appointment of Houghton comes as a process of revamping their support staff. Houghton had also coached Zimbabwe in the late 90s & was at the helm of affairs during their memorable run to the Super Six stage of the 1999 World Cup in England, following memorable group-stage wins over India and South Africa.

Dave Houghton previously had coaching stints with Derbyshire, and Middlesex among various other teams in English county cricket. His most recent coaching stint was with Mountaineers in domestic cricket. He also led Zimbabwe in their inaugural Test against India in 1992 & scored a ton on debut. He registered four tons in 22 Tests he has played, scoring 1464 runs in total at an average of 43.05. His 266 runs against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in 1994 remain Zimbabwe’s highest individual Test score.

Zimbabwe who recently suffered a 3-0 sweep in the three-match T20I series at home by Afghanistan, needs to up their game if they aim to excel in the T20 World Cup Qualifier. However, former batter & current director of cricket at Zimbabwe cricket, Hamilton Masakadza hopes that Houghton’s appointment would help reverse their fortunes.

“We are delighted to be bringing in Dave and we count ourselves fortunate and privileged to be able to appoint such a vastly experienced and highly respected head coach at a time we are looking to improve our on-field performances,” Masakadza said in a media statement.

Houghton will be assisted by Lance Klusener who has rejoined Zimbabwe’s support staff as a batting coach.

“With Lance having also bounced back as batting coach, we believe we now have a formidable technical team that can push for World Cup qualification and ensures our players put in consistently competitive performances,” Masakadza said. “I would also like to thank Lalchand who has been in charge of the team for the past four years, an incredibly challenging period for our cricket.”

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