Zimbabwe Cricket has Appointed Dave Houghton Coaching Director

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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has appointed Dave Houghton as their coach.

At Zimbabwe Cricket, Houghton will be responsible for the development and implementation of training programs. For all formats and levels of the game and will also run special cricket camps.

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His “ultimate aim”, according to a ZC release, will be to “help coaches to get the best out of players.”

Houghton will also become the Provincial Mountaineers head coach for the 2021-22 seasons.

“We can count ourselves fortunate to have a legend of the game. Such as Dave joining us in a capacity that will add greater value to our coaching set-up and the game itself“. ZC managing director Givemore Makoni said. “He has a wealth of knowledge and skill in both coaching and administration and his passion, determination. And hard work ethic will massively boost our efforts as we aim to continue improving and gaining success on the field of play.”

This is not the first time that Houghton has assumed the role of coach of ZC. Having been promoted to a similar position in 2009.

He was also the head coach of the men’s team in the late 1990s. And was at the forefront of their memorable run. To the Super Six phase of the 1999 World Cup in England. Following memorable group victories over India and South Africa.

Dave Houghton captained Zimbabwe during their first-ever Test against India in 1992

Dave Houghton appointed Zimbabwe's coaching director

Most of Houghton’s coaching experience comes from county cricket. He resigned as Derbyshire’s director of cricket last month after serving three years in that capacity.

In a previous tenure, he was the team’s cricket manager from 2004 to 2007. And its strike coach from 2011 to 2013. He has also served on the coaching staff for Worcestershire, Somerset, and Middlesex.

Houghton, 64, is one of Zimbabwe’s biggest bullies. He captained Zimbabwe in his first Test against India in 1992 and scored a century on his debut. It was the first of four he made in 22 test matches. Scoring a total of 1,464 runs with a 43.05 average. His 266 against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in 1994 remains Zimbabwe’s highest test result.

Houghton also scored 1,530 ODI runs at 26.37. And booked his best performance for the biggest stage. Scoring 137 balls 142 in a 1987 World Cup match against New Zealand in Hyderabad. The innings saved Zimbabwe 104-for-7, accompanied by Iain Butchart, bringing them to the brink of a sensational upset.

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