Former Zim-Cricket Coach Butcher Backs Streak

By Sports Reporter

Harare, November 29, 2016 – FORMER Zimbabwe national team coach Alan Butcher believes recently appointed national team coach Heath Streak can steer the national side to great heights only if conducive working conditions are created for the former Zimbabwe captain.

Streak was appointed to his current position in October, taking over from Australian born Dave Whatmore who was fired from the post by the local cricket mother body after a string of poor results.

In an interview with RadioVOP from his base in United Kingdom, the former Butcher backed Streak as the most suitable person to revive the local game.

“I think Streak is a good man and a good coach, but the problem is that we do not have enough good players and that can only be addressed by having a system that can keep the best talent in the country,” he said. 

Butcher who was at the helm of the national team for three years, warned that Streak’s efforts could be held back by an unfavourable working environment but still maintains the former national team player was likely to be successful.

“Zimbabwe Cricket has to have a system that can keep the best talent in the country and a quality domestic competition and also it should have enough cash to implement high quality training and development programs,” Butcher said.

“He knows the game, he knows the players, he knows Zim cricket hope the selection process is easier for him than it was for me. His problem is the same for all Zim coaches, though, has he got enough international quality cricketers at his disposal?” said the former national team coach.

Butcher warned people not to expect miracles from Streak. 

“One thing he’s (Streak) not a miracle worker, and will be doing the right things, saying the right things but the question is has he got enough international quality cricketers at his disposal to win the amount of games that people would like,” said Butcher.