Bangladesh debacle leaves huge scar

HARARE - Worse has happened in Zimbabwean cricket, off the field. On it, we have reached new levels of mediocrity with the whitewash defeat in Bangladesh. 

That result will leave a deep scar on our nation’s cricket psyche, and it can be compared to all the previous misfortunes that have befallen the game here before; the rebel players walkout, the bitter player-board squabbles and in recent times the strikes.

What is needed now, as a desperate measure to correct the situation, is an overhaul of administration, coaching and facilities to improve the development of young players.

Although the heavy defeat will leave a lasting mark on Zimbabwean cricket, it should act as the catalyst for a wide-ranging overhaul in the game to ensure that the game, as feared, does not die in the country.

It will be catastrophic if that was going to be the case, because cricket in Zimbabwe had developed fast enough to be a truly national sport, and for many outside the country, cricket is the only sport they associate us with – never mind that football is the number one national sport here.

We need to have a national team with the status it should have in world cricket.

We have learnt a tough lesson. But it should be what we take from this unpleasant experience that should be more important than the result.

We have a lot of soul-searching to do, perhaps an inquiry into the exact state of the game in this country.

As things stand, we cannot be satisfied by where we stand at the moment. 

The most distressing thing is that as Zimbabweans, we have developed a sickening attitude of refusing to take responsibility, and I am afraid if that is going to be the case again here, we should expect worse. And in this instance, worse means the demise of cricket in this country.

We pray that it won’t happen.

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