Zimbabwe Cricket apology insincere

HARARE - The apology this week by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Wilson Manase for the national side's dismal performance in Bangladesh comes across to us as mere blame shifting and an insincere utterance. 

Zimbabwe slumped to an all-time low on the recent subcontinent tour, losing all three Test matches and five One-Day Internationals - drawing public outcry from fans of the game in this country. 

This is statistically the worst tour Zimbabwe have endured, though it does not need statistics to tell us that - and both the ZC bosses and technical staff have come under heavy pressure to step down following the debacle.

Normally, a catastrophe like this calls for stern measures, but in Zimbabwe, where leaders shun accountability, it is not common practice among those in charge to act appropriately when such misfortune befall.

The ZC boss only issued the apology after one journalist, during Tuesday's press conference, sought his comment on the forgettable tour.

We have reason to doubt the sincerity of Manase's apology, seeing that it had to be forced out of him by a probing reporter.

Apart from that, having convened a press conference in the aftermath of a disastrous tour, it came as a surprise to many that Manase was clearly not prepared to talk about that tour, instead, opting to go on and on about tours as far ahead as 2018 and how he hoped to better Zimbabwean cricket, without giving practical solutions.

Manase also spoke at length about the restructuring exercise the organisation made at a recent board meeting.

We share the common fear that this restructuring exercise is just a mere cosmetic change at ZC, one that will not transform Zimbabwe's woes on the field.

Under the exercise, managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa has been kicked upstairs to the role of chief operating officer while a new "Managing Director Cricket" will be appointed soon.

Former captain Alistair Campbell has been earmarked to take up the new post.

A closer analysis though; it is difficult to see what Campbell will do differently from his last stint with ZC, when he was head selector and sat on the cricket committee between 2009 and 2011.

The appointment of former players to key positions is laudable, but decisions made as a smokescreen for poor management will not take us anywhere.

Comments (1)

Restructuring is important. Probably the ONLY thing left for the survival of Cricket. First we restructure the Board including Manase himself. They have nothing progressive to give, let alone, show the Cricket fans and cricketors alike. Then we restructure the techical team, starting with Mungongo. They have not given us results. Then we restructure the team. All under performing batsmen and bowlers, out! Before we select the replacements, we restructure the selectors, including Mungongo himself. After that we rid ourselves of the faceless individuals who are being paid for being faceless. Find people who understand the game, winners who understand the meaning. Point is the current bunch of Cricket administrators and National players have come last in a class for too long. And since we can't remove the pupil, let's change the teacher and his administrator. Knew, and fresh ideas are commendable. What's the worst that can happen? Lose?

Zungunde - 12 December 2014

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