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Ex-Chevrons Coach’s Book Nominated For Top Award

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By Don Makanyanga 

Harare, March 10, 2017 - THE Good Murungu: A Cricket Tale of the Unexpected a book written by former Zimbabwe National team cricket coach Alan Butcher has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Cricket Society and Marylebone Cricket Club book of the year award in the United Kingdom.

Marylebone Cricket Club is one of the most famous and biggest cricket clubs in the world and is located at Lord’s Cricket ground which is described as the home of cricket.

Good Murungu: A Cricket Tale Of the Unexpected is a book which chronicles the life of the former England national team player during his time in Zimbabwe as the head coach of national senior men’s cricket team for three years.

A summary of the book by Amazon, an international online retail summarises the book as follows, “Former county cricketer and one-time England Test Butcher was looking for a new challenge after leaving his job coaching Surrey County Cricket Club. A phone call out of the blue from a Zimbabwean great alerted him to the possibility of coaching the nations cricket team.

“His three years in charge presents an insight into the at times schizophrenic nature of cricket in this intriguing country.

“Starting at the point when Butcher was offered the job, he describes the process of moulding a team out of a dispirited and disillusioned group of players. Part cricket memoir, part travelogue, part ode to Zimbabwe, part lament for a beautiful-but-troubled country, The Good Murungu is a fascinating insight into Zimbabwean cricket."

In an interview with RadioVop from his London base, Butcher said he was excited that his book had been shortlisted for the prestigious award, saying the recognition showed that his story had made an impact in the cricketing world.

“I'm very proud and excited for The Good Murungu to have been shortlisted for the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year Award. It's a prestigious award in cricket circles and there are some well respected writers on the shortlist therefore I'm hugely delighted that my tale of my three years coaching in Zimbabwe was deemed worthy of a nomination,” said Butcher.

Butcher is one of two former England cricketers included on the shortlist, his wonderful tale of cricket in Zimbabwe taking its place alongside Graeme Fowler and his account of his depression and its effects.

The six-strong list also includes books from cricket presenter Mark Nicholas and journalist Emma John about their fascination with cricket. Books about cricket in Pakistan and Australia’s Victor Trumper complete the list.

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