We've become a laughing stock

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket fans have reacted angrily to the team’s whitewash defeat on tour in Bangladesh with a wave of posts on social network sites.

The tone of the comments ranges from depression and despair to rage and resentment, with coach Stephen Mangongo and the ZC executive bearing the brunt of the fans’ anger - and many calling for them to be replaced.

Zimbabwe cricket has been hit by a multitude of woes over the years, from player strikes to attempted boardroom coups, from race storms to bad governance, but now has plummeted to new lows – their worst ever defeat in terms of games played, lengthy of the tour and quality of the opposition.

Losing all three Tests and five ODIs was bad enough, but the players will return home with uncertainty hanging over the future of the game in the country, with signs that cricket here might be in the intensive care unit.

An internal inquiry should be held following what is a clear disastrous tour that has left Zimbabwean cricket embarrassed.

“Very poor performance throughout the series, they should just come back home for the congress, a vote of no confidence is waiting for them,” one blogger lightly-heartedly wrote in reference to the Zanu-PF congress. 

Coach Mangongo’s reputation is very much on the line as Zimbabwe’s confidence and technical awareness totally collapsed on this tour.

Zimbabwe Cricket Administrator posted on Facebook:  “Mangongo and (Givemore) Makoni (head selector) clearly have no idea. In a five-match series Zimbabwe used three different wicketkeepers and constantly chopped and changed the batting line-up. There are better tactics for a coach to use than just constantly changing the line-up. Heads must roll after the most disastrous tour in Zimbabwean history.”

To which responded Nkosinathi Dhlamini: “For sure heads should roll. MangongoMustGo.”

Owen Wozhele said: “This is embarrassing and waste of resources. Who is paying them again. I mean both e players, and technical team?”

Rick McCawley ‏tweeted:  “What happens after this Bangladesh humiliation? Nothing. Nobody will take responsibility. Nobody will quit. It's the Zimbabwean way.”

American sporting website Bleacher Report was no less hard-hitting, giving Zimbabwe the unwanted tag of “Clown of the Month.”

Wrote columnist Antoinette Muller: “The award is usually presented to somebody who does something silly, but this month’s award goes to the Zimbabwe cricket team for their horror tour to Bangladesh.

“Winless in the Tests, warm-ups and one-day games played in November, the team aren't exactly "ha ha" funny. In fact, the situation's not funny at all, but clown can be defined in various ways.

“Throughout the one-day games, Zimbabwe have always looked like they might claw their way back. But every single time, they have found a way to collapse and bring defeat after defeat upon themselves. It’s embarrassing, and being a Zimbabwe cricket fan must feel like hell at present.

“While there were some positives to take from the Test series, the one-day series was sheer torture for Zim fans.

“In the first ODI, Zim used eight different bowlers as Shakib Al Hasan hit 101 off 99 balls and the lower order put on 210 runs of the 281 total. Zimbabwe started off well, with Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor both scoring steadily. Then, the collapse happened. Zim went from 153-6 after 33.1 overs to 194 all out.

“That theme repeated itself throughout the series, and Zimbabwe struggled to find excuses for their continuous failures.

“To add to their woes, Zimbabwe were also fined for a slow over rate during the fourth ODI, with Elton Chigumbura losing 20 per cent of his match fee, as per ESPN Cricinfo. While that wasn’t exactly disastrous, it was just another tick on the list of errors for the team.

“Some have even questioned whether the coach's appointment was based on reasons other than his ability. Only time will tell whether there is any truth to that. For now, what is clear is that Zimbabwe need a rethink very quickly.

“They are fast becoming the laughing stock of the cricketing world. There are some good players in the team, but they have not been able to perform as a unit.

“With the horror tour now behind them, perhaps Zim’s players will be happy to just take a step back from everything for a little while.”

Comments (4)

I have been disappointed by sporting results over the years but this one really hurt.....I almost cried when we slumped to 3 nil in the tests.....if Mangongo is normal he will def resign, if not he should be fired, if not then as fans we need to act collectively to force him out.....when SA and the Aussies visited recently we should have beaten them at least once each......we bowled SA out in byo n still lost chasing a low total......the coach failed, we pride ourselves in being scared of spin......we took a predominantly seam attack to spin friendly conditions....our Streak now coaches Bangladesh; Grant pushing Pakistan forward while we are failing.....we drew with Afghanistan at home who knows wht will happen if we visit them.......please Mangongo chingosiya sha zvanyanya

uncle L - 2 December 2014

Mangongo, do the honourable thing and resign. You are an embarassment not only to yourself but to Zimbabweans as a nation. Sport is meant to be fun, not torture!

charambiwa - 2 December 2014

problem with ana mangongo they are blind to reality. he has played the race card kakawandisa - I am glad this tour proved what we all knew as fact - nharo is not coaching acumen. LEAVE together with the convener of selectors - clueless. I've followed Zimcricket since 1999 and I have never been pained in an embarrassing manner like this. SOMEONE MUST GO, someone tell mangongo that the past failures he is using to excuse the catastrophic failures were not as bad as this. he was not appointed to fail, if its normal for him to fail because other have failed before him then he must take his FAILURE MENTALITY kumusha anorima mbambaira

bunduboy - 3 December 2014

mangongo try your luck in ZANUPF

mqhafi - 3 December 2014

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