We are sorry – ZC

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board chairman, Wilson Manase yesterday issued a public apology for the national team’s dismal performance during the disastrous tour of Bangladesh.

Stephen Mangongo and his charges were thoroughly outclassed and exposed by a ruthless Bangladeshi side that first won the Test series 3-0 before going on to assert their dominance in the limited overs by claiming a 5-0 win to complete a series whitewash.

The poor showing by the team on tour has attracted the wrath of local cricket fans, who have taken to social media to vent their frustrations.

Many people have been calling for the immediate sacking of Mangongo together with convener of selectors, Givemore Makoni, who are accused of failing to come up with a winning formula.

The duo has also been accused of chopping and changing the line-up willy-nilly which resulted in a lack of consistency in team selection.

In the first ODI, Zimbabwe used at least eight bowlers as the tourists struggled for line and length in the sub-continent.   

Manase, who does not have a cricket background and is a lawyer by profession, and the entire ZC hierarchy have also not been sparred by the unrelenting criticism with many fans calling for the entire board to step down.

“Where things go wrong I must take the blame and I’m saying to the nation of course we were playing in a different terrain in Bangladesh and visiting teams in all these places you find they lose and to the nation which was so expectant and glued to the TV, I say I’m sorry but just understand,” Manase said at a hastily arranged media conference in the wake of the disappointing result.

“We are sorry about the performance and the results we have obtained from Bangladesh we wait to hear and comeback to you and say the nation this is what the team told us.”

The Harare lawyer, who assumed the reins at ZC from the long-serving Peter Chingoka in July this year, said they will not make any hast decisions regarding Mangongo’s position as coach of the national team.

“Whether Mangongo is going to be dealt with by the board for the performance in Bangladesh... as a lawyer I’m guided by principle,” he said.

“I first of all look at the issues and say maybe he has got an explanation as coach. I appreciate the terrain that they played in is a difficult one.

“I have been to Bangladesh thrice or twice and I know what the situation is like... They have got three particular grounds where they take you and I’m told the new one is very stupid and the worst one.

“They will put you there and you can’t breathe in 40 degrees of heat. I will wait for them to come and give us their report.

“Whether we are going to change him or whether we are going to beef up the kind of support that he needs that’s something that we will look at.”

The Zimbabwe delegation is expected to arrive back home today and from there on the inquest to how they performed badly is expected to start.

Meanwhile, Manase confirmed that ZC will embark on a restructuring exercise that will see managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa assume the role of CEO.

Esther Lupepe, who was Mukondiwa’s deputy, will now become the chief operating officer and will be in charge of human resources and finances.

The cash-strapped union that is battling a ballooning debt of over $15 million will now appoint a managing director, who will specifically focus on running the cricket affairs.

Alistair Campbell has been touted to take over this new position and Manase confirmed that they have been in contact with the former national team captain.

Comments (3)

So funny............ In this time of the year temperature in Bangladesh is around 18 to 30 degrees, not 40 degrees :D

Mr Thirst - 3 December 2014

sorry is a sorry word...................

xixo x5 - 4 December 2014

your words have no meaning coz you continue to do the same thing now sorry is a sorry word.......................................singing hangu

criminal91 - 5 December 2014

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