Streak: Flower was tired of Zimabwe drama

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Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Heath Streak says Grant Flower had no choice but to take the Pakistan batting coach job, given the hardships associated with coaching the Zimbabwe side in recent years.

Former Zimbabwe fast bowler Heath Streak says Grant Flower had no choice but to take the Pakistan batting coach job, given the hardships associated with coaching the Zimbabwe side in recent years.

Flower was appointed to work with new coach Waqar Younis, after being the Zim batting coach for three years. But Streak says the former international player was 'tired' of the struggles with ZC, especially player strikes and lack of payment.

Streak told the <i>Daily News</i> in Zimbabwe: "Generally, considering how people have been treated in the past year and half, I wasn't really surprised that Grant took up an offer elsewhere.

"This past year seems to have been a bad one for him (Flower), spending less time in the nets because of the boycott by players. He said to me that he was tired.

"I am however happy for Grant for receiving such recognition; he's an honest, hardworking guy and I'm confident that he will show the world what he has got rolled up in his sleeves.

"Unfortunately, it's a massive setback for Zimbabwe because it's going to be very difficult to replace the commitment and passion Grant had for the national side."

Along with Waqar, the PCB also appointed Mushtaq Ahmed, who had been with England, to be the spin bowling coach, while Waqar would take on the pace bowling mentorship himself.

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