Butcher new Zim coach
England-born Alan Butcher was named Zimbabwe cricket coach on Saturday after the contract of Walter Chawaguta was not renewed.
Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Ozias Bvute made the announcenment here, saying Butcher will lead a four-man technical committee including former Zimbabwe stars Grant Flower and Heath Streak.
"In the past we have relied on one coach, but this time we have four individuals and are confident they will deliver," Bvute told a media conference.
Convener of selectors Alistair Campbell said one of Butcher's mandates was to get Zimbabwe playing Test cricket again after a self-imposed exile from the five-day game since 2006 because of poor national team standards.
Bvute added that Steven Mangongo, coach of provincial side Mountaineers, will assist Butcher.
"We have asked them to get us back into Test cricket in 18 months or so," he said.
Butcher, 56, a former Surrey coach who played one Test for England in 1979, takes control on April 1.