For a change I'm hosting a cricket book written by Alan Butcher.
I met him at a tea shop several months ago and promised to feature his autobiography when it came out.
I've not read it yet - but am looking forward to doing so, If it's as interesting as the writer then it will be an excellent read.
Alan Butcher was looking for a new challenge after leaving his job coaching Surrey County Cricket Club. A phone call out of the blue from a Zimbabwean great alerted him to the possibility of coaching the nation's cricket team. His three years in charge presents an insight into the at times schizophrenic nature of cricket in this intriguing country.
Starting at the point when Butcher was offered the job he describes the process of moulding a team out of a dispirited and disillusioned group of players. Part cricket memoir, part travelogue; part love song, part lament for a beautiful but troubled country, The Good Murungu? is a must read for fans of any sport.
Alan Butcher has spent over 40 years in professional cricket as player and coach. He played county cricket for Surrey and Glamorgan and represented England in one Test match and one ODI. Following coaching spells with Essex CCC and Surrey CCC he became Zimbabwe coach in 2010. Better known nowadays as Mark Butcher’s father, this is his first book.