Dave Houghton has been named as batting coach for Ireland's tour of Zimbabwe this month, renewing a partnership which goes back more than 20 years.
The 58-year-old, who averaged over 43 in 22 Tests, was actually the Ireland coach at their first World Cup qualifying tournament in 1994 in Kenya, the year before Mike Hendrick was the first full-time appointment, and he has also responded since to other Ireland calls, particularly in Africa. A former coach of Zimbabwe, he has also been in charge of Worcestershire and Derbyshire, assistant at Somerset and is currently batting coach at Middlesex, with Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie.
Ireland will play three one-day internationals in Harare, the first next Friday, followed by a four-day game against Zimbabwe A, starting on October 17.
Zimbabwe yesterday started a three match series against Pakistan. Yasir Shah finished with six for 26 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 128 in just 36 overs, in reply to Pakistan's 259 for six.