Waller is named as Zimbabwe head coach

Andy Waller in action for Zimbabwe
Andy Waller in action for Zimbabwe

Former Eastbourne College first team cricket coach Andy Waller has been confirmed as the new head- coach of the Zimbabwean national team.

Waller has just returned to the UK from Sri Lanka, where he was on a tour with the Eastbourne College first team.

He is due to arrive in Zimbabwe on April 15 and will begin work the next month.

Waller will not be involved in the two Tests against Bangladesh, but will take over for the ODIs and Twenty20s, which start on May 3.

The team has not played at home since late 2011 when they made their Test comeback, and hosted Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand, and have endured a tough year in-between. Things do not appear to be getting any easier in the lead up to the busy home programme, which includes home series with Bangladesh, India (for three ODIs), Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Waller, a 53 year-old who was born in Harare, is the father of national player Malcolm Waller and uncle of Mashonaland Eagles all-rounder Nathan.

He played two Tests for Zimbabwe in 1996 against England and 39 ODIs between 1987 and 1997.