Cape Town - Former Zimbabwe Test captain Heath Streak has emerged as the front runner to fill the Zimbabwe head coach position.
It is understood that interviews with prospective candidates took place on Wednesday with a view to filling the role South African Makhaya Ntini has been performing on an interim basis.
Ntini was contracted to Zimbabwe Cricket to perform the role of bowling coach but was appointed to stand in for sacked head coach Dav Whatmore ahead of the limited overs series against India earlier this year.
Streak, Andy Blignaut and South Africans Peter Kirsten and Justin Summons are the shortlisted candidates who interviewed on Wednesday.
Blignaut played 19 Tests and 54 ODIs for Zimbabwe but has no international coaching experience having only coached the prestigious Peterhouse School first XI in Zimbabwe.
Streak has worked internationally as a coach, serving Bangladesh as a bowling coach for some time until he resigned his position earlier this year to spend time with his family. Streak also works in the IPL.
Summons is an outsider for the position but his successful remedial work with Zimbabwean bowlers Brian Vitori and Prosper Utseya is thought to have given him an inside track of sorts.
Kirsten is a former coach of Western Province and has worked extensively on the African continent holding positions with Uganda, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Ntini and former Protea team-mate Lance Klusener have been working with the team and it is thought will retain their roles as batting and bowling coach under the new head coach.
The former Protea paceman has endured difficult period at the helm winning just one game out of 8 in charge as Zimbabwe have drifted further away from the game's elite.