Nothing makes sense

HARARE - When the name Zimbabwe Cricket is mentioned, those blessed with sight would always have a long hard look at the facial reactions of the person they would be talking to.

Some would simply give a shrug and sigh of resignation, others would have volcanic eruptions of anger, while others would become emotional, even tearful.

Now, when the name Zimbabwe Cricket is mentioned, a look of blank confusion crosses the faces of most cricket supporters.

So many nonsensical decisions have been made of late, from the exclusion of vital players, to the non-renewal of coaches’ contracts.

The latest bit of tomfoolery to emerge from ZC is to send a so-called Takashinga side to Uganda.

This team looks more like a select side who have played quite a bit of cricket for Zimbabwe A.

Is this all we have to offer? Do we just continue to churn out the same group of players like a mother who refuses to buy new nappies for her baby, simply opting to wash and re-wash the same ones over and over again?

The idea of sending a team to Uganda is probably a noble one, but why send so many first-class players who are desperately pushing for places in the national side to a country who at this moment in time can offer no more than friendship?

And then, if that wasn't bad enough, news broke that Zimbabwe's only preparations leading up to the World Cup which starts in February next year will be against Canada!

Zimbabwe will engage Canada in four ODIs in early January before jetting off to Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) to compete in the World Cup.

The ODIs against Canada is a total no win situation for a number of reasons.

The first and foremost being that Canada were unable to qualify for next year’s World Cup, so if Zimbabwe were to thrash them, it would count for nothing, and if we were to lose or even play badly against them (heaven forbid!), it would be another indication of the dire situation we find ourselves in.

A number of our players who will almost certainly be picked for the World Cup will now be playing against teams who may possibly give them a bit of a confidence boost, but nothing else.

If it was necessary for Takashinga to have gone on tour, why did the powers that be simply not pick a young team with no first-class experience so that these younger players could have had a bit of international exposure, all be it against Uganda?

And if they wanted to send such a strong team to play, could they not have tried to have arranged a few matches against some of the South African franchises, even if they weren't full strength franchise teams?

Instead of playing Canada, a team who didn't make the World Cup this time round, it would have been better for Zimbabwe to have played Ireland or even Scotland, though Ireland would have been stronger opposition.

So where have these alarming ideas come from?

Is it because the likes of Ireland or Scotland, both World Cup qualifiers are reluctant to play Zimbabwe due to their own preparations?

Were ZC unable to reach Cricket Ireland or Scotland Cricket to invite them to play against Zimbabwe?

Or is it because ZC feels that they are so beaten and depleted after the disgraceful tour of Bangladesh that they need to vent their frustrations on two weaker teams who will offer feeble resistance?

Comments (1)

Ingawani Karikoga organised a friendly between world cup bound Brazil football team and our own WorryUs! kkkkkkkkkk. Sum1 ended up vanishing with all the gate takings! Nhamo inhamo asi this country is never short of drama!

True Makepekepe - 19 December 2014

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