Shake-up looms at Zimbabwe Cricket

HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is in advanced stages of restructuring the national side’s coaching and captaincy set-up in a move described by some insiders as racial, the Daily News can reveal.

Under the proposal, coach Andy Waller will be relegated to a figurehead role of director of coaching, with his assistant Steve Mangongo taking over as head coach.  

Captain Brendan Taylor will relinquish either the Test or limited overs formats, but sources say the 28-year-old wicketkeeper is likely to be stripped of the One-Day International and Twenty20 leadership. 

Taylor will then concentrate on leading the Test side, a format Zimbabwe enjoys limited playing opportunities due to few openings in the Future Tours Programme and Zimbabwe’s poor appeal as a Test opponent. 

These recommendations are contained in a memo exclusively obtained by this paper this week.

ZC deputy managing director Esther Lupepe circulated the memo to ZC chairman Peter Chingoka, board members and managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa last week.

Lupepe, who is also a ZC board member, is closely related to ex-ZC managing director Ozias Bvute.

Under the proposal, Mangongo will take over as coach on a 12-month contract.

“At its meeting, held on Wednesday 25, June 2014, the Cricket & Development Committee discussed the national coaching structure and national team captaincy in view of the resolution made by the Board, at its meeting of Friday 28 February 2014, to start building a team for the future,” reads the memo.

“The Committee recommended that the post Director of Coaching should be created...The Committee acknowledges that ZC would not be in a position to hire addition staff hence the position of Director of Coaching would be filled by a coach already in the employ of ZC.”

The memo states that the director of coaching would be expected to identify skills gaps and the talent required, implement a mentoring and capacity building for coaches at all levels and assist players to get contracts overseas during the off-season among other duties.

On the issue of team captaincy, the committee is advocating for a split, which would see current skipper Taylor with either Test or ODI and Twenty20 responsibility.

“With regards the issue of national team captaincy, the Committee realises the need to start grooming captains for the future,” added Lupepe.

“With the above in mind, the Committee recommends a split captaincy i.e one for Tests and one for ODIs/T20s. Both captains should have official vice-captains. The national team coaches will assess prospective candidates during the upcoming home tours and submit the names of proposed captains for consideration by the Board.”

Meanwhile, the board members were given up to June 30 to deliberate on their decisions and “if no response is received by Monday 30 June 2014, silence will be taken as tacit acceptance of the recommendations.”

Meanwhile, the move has been criticised by an insider within ZC, who said such changes “do not augur well for racial relations in the team and the sport.”

While other top-ranking nations like England and South Africa have adopted the specialist captain model, the source questioned why Zimbabwe, a country which does not play that regularly, could chose to follow suit.

Comments (1)

Chingoka is still at the helm of cricket.....when will we learn in this country....we stay with failed has beens in all aspects of our sports.......there is no successful sport to speak of anymore...and if i talk about past successes ill be called a racists.....for saying what everyone knows......LETS START LOOKING AT MERIT AND NOT COLOR......

RUDEBOY - 10 July 2014

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