Mangongo calls for return to basics

HARARE - Cricket development stalwart Stephen Mangongo says Zimbabwe must return to the old way of doing things following the national side’s disappointing exit from the ICC World Twenty20 at the first hurdle.

The Zimbabweans, who endured disruptive effects of a payment dispute before the tournament, were knocked out in the qualifying round of the tournament after wins over Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates failed to atone for their earlier defeat to Ireland.

Zimbabwe lost their opening match to Ireland on the last ball of the match before sweating to a last-ball win over the Dutch and then winding up with a five-wicket win over the UAE.

Netherlands qualified for the Super 10 from Group B of the qualifying round after a six-wicket win over the Irish handed them a better run-rate.

The African side returned home from Bangladesh on Sunday, with Mangongo, the team’s assistant coach, calling for an immediate return to the drawing board.

Mangongo said Zimbabwe had not done themselves any favour by playing the way they did against the associate nations.

“Inconsistency in all departments from day one led us into this predicament," Mangongo told the Daily News yesterday.

"We didn't deserve to go through with the way we batted in the last match, apart from Elton Chigumbura, we were simply too timid."

Mangongo added that some players in the team were becoming “too comfortable” because of lack of real competition from the fringes, saying the revival of the country’s second-string side, Zimbabwe A, will put players in the national side on their toes.

"We need to get Zim A up and running once again so that the current crop is put under pressure and challenged," he said.

"It's very easy to remain in the team as other talent is not being groomed for international assignments. The Academy should be capturing the best league and Under-19 players so that they develop faster. League produces player-depth and an avenue for players to horn their skills after school and then progress to the franchise level."

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we took away cricket from those who knew because we thought they were racist. we gave it to people like bvute who have made sure they deeped their hands well into the coffers and leave when they are empty. lets give the cricket back to the schools who knew what they were doing and develop it from there . the race issue has a better way of doing it than the militant zanu, mugabe and mliswa way. if you zanu people love our children listen.

s - 25 March 2014

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