ZIMBABWE national cricket team coach, Alan Butcher is aiming to end his three-year reign on a high note when Zimbabwe tours the West Indies next month.
By Don Makanyanga
Butcher’s contract is set to expire on April 1.
The national team gaffer told Standardsport that he had not applied for the national team post because he wanted to take a break from cricket.
“I did not apply for the job as I felt that my time with the national team was over.”
“I have been away from my family for a long time and I think it’s now time that I go back and be with my family,” said Butcher.
The withdrawal of Butcher from the list of coaches who applied for the top job has left cricket fans guessing who would land the top post.
The race is now between the current national team assistant coach Steve Mangongo, batting coach, Grant Flower and Gary Brent, who are said to be the locals that have applied for the job.
According to informed sources at ZC, the board received an overwhelming response from applicants for the national team post with a few applicants beyond the country’s boarders showing interest.
Cricket team manager Love-more Banda said it was still premature to announce any developments at this time.
“The board is yet to meet to consider the applications. It would be premature to talk about it at this time of the year. Announcements will be made at the appropriate time,” said Banda.