Waller, Taylor lament SL series cancellation

HARARE – Zimbabwe cricket coach Andy “Bundu” Waller has bemoaned the postponement of Sri Lanka’s tour here, saying the development was retrograde.

The Zimbabweans are currently on cloud nine following their 24-run win over Pakistan to level the two-match Test series last week, and Waller says it would have been ideal for his charges to follow that up immediately with another tough assignment I order to build momentum and stay in shape.

But Zimbabwe Cricket, facing serious cash-flow problems, wrote to the ICC and the Sri Lanka board requesting for a postponement of the series.

“We wanna play as much cricket as we can and it’s difficult when you play one Test series without knowing when your next Test is,” Waller told the Daily News yesterday.

“We got to play cricket, we got to learn how to win and we got to keep the spirit going. Missing out on the Sri Lanka series is hard and it’s tough for the guys. We wanted to play. We believe we can compete with anyone if we play more cricket at international level and it’s a shame that it’s not going ahead. But it’s out of our control.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor says the players “will resort to other means” of staying in shape in the absence of meaningful international cricket.

“Bundu has got us on our toes, he’s got us pretty fit, we are working pretty hard,” said Taylor.

“When we’re not playing games we can still get better in the nets, the gym or wherever it may be, and that’s all we gonna out of the things we can control. We got our franchise cricket coming up soon, hopefully the guys can spend some time there trying to learn a bit more first-class cricket.”

On the famous Pakistan victory, Taylor said: “Generally over the last couple of years Zimbabwe Cricket has lost a couple of players and it’s fantastic to see everyone chipping in.

“We have a good crop of young fast bowlers and I think we are well placed now.  We levelled the series, we beat a quality team and there’s always room for improvement if we can string some good performances together and keep growing as a team.”

Comments (1)

ZC should not have rushed to cancel this trip instead they should have consulted the new minister of sports and his deputy for funding show us your mantle the new minister

Colonel - 18 September 2013

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