Lance Klusner former South African all-rounder appointed Zimbabwe Cricket national team batting coach

FORMER South African all-rounder, Lance Klusner has bounced back as the Zimbabwe national cricket team batting coach after a massive restructuring exercise at Zimbabwe Cricket.

The Zimbabwe Cricket board held a virtual meeting this Monday and announced the appointment of Klusner as the batting coach, among other changes.

Klusener held the same position between 2016 and 2018 and takes over from Stuart Matsikenyeri, who now moves to the position of assistant coach, while Lalchand Rajput remains in charge as the Chevrons head coach.

Before his appointment, Klusner was head coach of the Afghanistan national team and during his tenure, three Afghani cricketers broke into the top 20 of the world’s best batsmen.

The ZC board has also confirmed Sean Williams as the substantive test captain, while Craig Ervine has been rewarded for his consistency after he was handed the captain’s armband in limited-overs cricket.

The new team selection committee is now made up of former players, with David Mutendera being the convener working with former captains, Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya as well as former Tuskers skipper Gavin Ewing.

On the Lady Chevrons’ side, Gary Brent has been appointed as head coach, replacing Adam Chifo, who has been in charge for the past three years.

Brent is a former Zimbabwe national team bowler who played four tests, 70 ODIs and three T20Is during his 12-year international career.

Since his retirement in 2008, he has been coaching clubs and provincial sides.

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