In the year under review, Grant Flower joined the national technical team as the batting coach and former West Indies batsman Brian Lara was contracted for a period of five months to conduct three spells of seven day batting clinics.
Local and international coaches join forces
The franchises also saw an injection of expertise as internationally acclaimed cricketers joined each franchsie in a bid to expose players to international standards. Andrew Hall joined Mash Eagles, David Houghton joined Matabeleland Tuskers, Allan Donald joined Mountaineers, Jason Gillespie joined the Midwest Rhinos and Monty Lynch became head coach at Southern Rocks. Gary Brent has also joined the Zimbabwe Cricket as a coach based at the High performance Centre. It has been felt that the missing link within our development program has been that of quality coaching. To alleviate the problem a National Coaching Manager Andrew Waller was appointed to assist with improving coaching standards by upgrading the current coaches as well as monitoring and supervising their day to day activities. He, together with Development Coaching Co-coordinator Ian Tinker and National Development Manager Nick Singo, an assessment programme with over 100 coaches was conducted nationwide in an attempt to assess the current level of expertise and plan for future needs.
Uplifting the standards of cricket in the schools has remained as one of our major objectives. In order to improve the standards we have run several coaching courses for both school masters and school coaches. Towards the end of October some national development coaches started assisting and coaching in the high density areas. Some have already been to private schools like Lomagundi, Peterhouse and Ruzawi. Also through the development programme, army sports masters undertook a Basic/Intermediate Cricket Coaching Course. All courses were designed to further the knowledge of the current coaches/teachers in the various franchises and schools and to keep them updated with new ideas, coaching skills and techniques.
Spin Doctor Terry Jenner’s visit to Zimbabwe
We learned with great sadness of the death of world renowned wrist spin coach Terry Jenner in May 2011. Young Zimbabwean cricketers were able to – if only for a moment- benefit from the expert coaching and mentoring that helped shaped the careers of Australian greats like Shane Warne. During three coaching clinics held in Harare and Bulawayo, Children from Prince Edward High School, St Georges College, St John’s College and junior spin bowlers from Takashinga Cricket Club were treated to some top class training by the man who will always be affectionately remembered as “the spin doctor.” The 66 year old coach believes he still had a lot to offer Zimbabwean players especially at the franchise level, he wrote on his personal blog soon after his visit “My passion is for Spin Bowling and I live this through assisting to develop spinners by enhancing their gift,” a lucid indication of an assertive man who was on a mission.