Williams devastated after axe

HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading all-rounder Sean Williams says he is devastated after he was left out of the touring squad to Bangladesh following a fall-out with coach Stephen Mangongo.

Williams was excluded from Zimbabwe’s extensive tour to the Asian country that includes three Test matches and five One Day Internationals.

The Bulawayo-born all-rounder was left out of the squad after asking for some time off last week to visit his sick grandmother.

“Yes we had a disagreement,” Williams told the Daily News yesterday. “My grandmother was ill in Gaborone (Botswana), so I left training. That meant I missed a bit of training so my selection for the tour became difficult.

“The new rule is that you have to be at training to be in it with a chance of selection so we had a fall out.

“I was supposed to go to Triangle with the rest of the team but I got a letter telling me I had been excluded. I could read between the lines what it was all about.”

Apart from being excluded from the Test team, the left-handed top order batsman is also not part of the six players who will remain in Zimbabwe on standby for the ODI’s.

Being a useful left-arm spinner, Williams would have been an asset on the turning Bangladesh pitches. However, that will not be.

“Well obviously it’s disappointing. I have been in many tours to Bangladesh. I played the Dhaka Premier League there. I played the T20’s there,” Williams said.

“But there is nothing I can do. I will carry on playing the franchise here and I will be practicing with the Tuskers on Monday.

“For now I am waiting for the Dhaka Premier League but obviously I have to get a clearance first from Zimbabwe Cricket.”

The 28-year-old was, however, hopeful that despite his absence Zimbabwe would have a successful tour.

The former Zimbabwe Under-19 captain called on the senior players to take greater responsibility and put higher prices on their wickets.

“Look it’s sad but I just have to look forward. I hope they do well over there. I hope the senior guys get a lot of runs.”

Test Squad: Brendan Taylor (Captain), Sikandar Raza Butt, Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Wellington Masakadza, Natsai M’shangwe, Richmond Mutumbami, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Malcolm Waller

Note B: Brian Chari, Shingirai Masakadza and Wellington Masakadza will return after the three Test matches and be replaced for the five One-Day International matches by three players from the following lot: Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Solomon Mire, Peter Moore, Tawanda Mupariwa and Brian Vitori.

Comments (1)

Mangongo will be the end of Zimbabwe he treats national team player the same as his little boys at Takashinga. Third player in a year Mangongo falls out with and still counting!

Aaron - 17 October 2014

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