Former Zimbabwe cricketer Tatenda Taibu has thrown his hat in the race to become Sri Lanka’s next fielding coach. The Islanders are in search for new support staffs after sacking the incumbent position holders after a dismal run in the ICC World Cup.

As per reports, Taibu has forwarded a six-page long CV to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) last month. Tatenda Taibu is one of Zimbabwe’s brightest stars to have played the game. He earned the vice-captaincy in 2003 only at the age of 19, such was his importance in the Zimbabwe Cricket. And in 2004, he took over leadership from Heath Streak.

One of the pages from Tatenda Taibu’s Curriculum Vitae. Credit: BDcrictime

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The wicket-keeper batsman shocked the cricketing world when he resigned as the captain and announced his international retirement in 2005. After spells in Bangladesh and England, he moved to South Africa later in 2006 in a bid to play for the Proteas. However, it didn’t work out as Tatenda Taibu announced his retirement in 2012.

The former cricketer confirmed the news from London, where he lives now. Being a wicket-keeper himself, Taibu is hopeful to deliver the goods for Sri Lanka in the capacity of a fielding coach.

“Yes, I am keen to serve Sri Lankans. WKs are mostly neglected when organizations choose a fielding coach. A fielding coach must also be able to cover that specialist position. That’s the first and foremost advantage of being a former keeper,” Taibu said.

Tatenda Taibu. Credit: AFP

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Tatenda Taibu is also keen to help the team in other areas as well such as leadership, batting, selection, and throwdowns. He has England and Wales Cricket Board Coaching Level 2 certificate. Previously, Taibu also applied for the post in the Indian team but lost the race to R Sridhar, who retained his chair.