Houghton Resigns as Zimbabwe Men’s Cricket Team Coach


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Dave Houghton has stepped down as the coach of the Zimbabwe men’s senior national cricket team.

Houghton’s resignation comes in the wake of the team’s failure to qualify for both the 2023 ODI World Cup and the 2024 T20 World Cup, followed by a recent defeat against Ireland during a tour match last Sunday.

His resignation was submitted on Wednesday and is effective immediately.

In his resignation letter, Houghton cited the loss of the change room as the primary reason for his decision, stating that after 18 months in charge, he believed a “new voice” was necessary to propel the team forward.

“I have always had Zimbabwe cricket at heart and, though my coaching of the national team comes to an end, I would love to be involved in other areas.

“The talent base in Zimbabwe is enormous. How we move players from talented to performing well on the international stage is a great project to be involved in,” said Houghton on his resignation.

Expressing his continued dedication to Zimbabwe cricket, Houghton expressed his interest in being involved in other areas, recognising the enormous talent pool within the country and the challenges of nurturing players to perform at the international level.

Zimbabwe Cricket chairperson Tavengwa Mukuhlani acknowledged Houghton’s contributions to the sport and expressed regret over his departure.

Mukuhlani confirmed that Houghton would be reassigned to a different role within Zimbabwe Cricket, emphasising that he would remain a legend of the game.

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