Houghton to rejoin Derbyshire in batting role

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Former Zimbabwe Cricket director of coaching and Matabeleland Tuskers coach will rejoin English County Championship side Derbyshire County Cricket Club next season, four years after he resigned as their director of cricket.

The 54-year-old former Zimbabwe captain and coach, who led Tuskers to the Logan Cup title last season, will assume a new role as Derbyshire’s batting coach.

This will see him working with the county as a freelance consultant on a similar basis to the job he did with Northamptonshire last season.

Houghton, who still has his home in Derbyshire, is to start his new role in January, which means he won’t be completing the entire season at Tuskers, where he is the director of national coaching.

He will then be on hand to work with the county’s batsmen through the 2012 campaign.

According to the Derbyshire Telegraph the appointment of Houghton is the first use of the £25 000 specialist coaching fund established through the club’s chairman Chris Grant’s future cricket strategy in June.

Houghton came to Derbyshire as director of cricket in September 2003, but he left in July 2007, resigning after the committee refused to guarantee they would offer him a new contract at the end of that season.

Since then, his reputation as a coach has been enhanced by working with England’s batsmen alongside his former international teammate Andy Flower. He returned to the fold with Zimbabwe in 2009.

“David is a premium world-class batting coach,” said Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken.

“His knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to all of our batsmen, as it has been to players in the international set-up during periods of coaching with the ECB.

“Presenting our batsmen with the opportunity to work with one of the best batting coaches in the game shows the specialist coaching fund is coming to fruition with tangible benefits.”