The next big cricket star from Zimbabwe could hail from Tsholotsho or Dotito if recently appointed Chevrons assistant coach Makhaya Ntini’s advice is taken seriously.
The South African cricket legend who was unveiled as the assistant coach of the Zimbabwe senior cricket team, – the Chevrons – at the Queens Sports Club on Wednesday believes the country should take a leaf from his own history and pluck talent from the “sticks”.
“So much talent can be identified in the rural areas and my philosophy is that once the talent has been identified the onus is on us to nurture it. I came from a rural background in the Eastern Cape where there was no sponsorship but I played to win and that winning mentality meant I could earn a living from cricket,” he said.
But Ntini said for Zimbabwe to record success, the right mindset is key.
“As I join the Zimbabwe team I believe we should instill a culture of winning but it all starts by enjoying and loving the game,” he said.
The former fast bowler signed a two-year contract with Zimbabwe Cricket to become assistant coach and bowling specialist. He starts work on Tuesday.
He is happy with the young talent at his disposal that he has seen so far.
“For the Zimbabwe Under-19 team to beat South Africa in the ICC Under-19 World Cup Plate Championships says a lot about the talent in the country and our emphasis is on nurturing those players to full potential,” he said.
Zimbabwe beat South Africa in an eight-wicket blitz at the Sheik Kamal International Cricket Stadium in Bangladesh on Monday.
Ntini was flanked by Chevrons coach Dave Whatmore and ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani.