Zim Cricket backs Whatmore

HARARE - Dav Whatmore has been backed by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) convenor of selectors Kenyon Ziehl to continue in his role as coach after Thursday’s crushing 131-run defeat to Pakistan.

Pakistan set a total of 259-6 after 50 overs after they had been asked to bat first by Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura on a slow and low Harare Sports Club wicket.

The hosts’ chase was suffocated by leg spinner Yasir Shah, who finished the match with record figures of 6-29 from nine overs. 

Zimbabwean cricketers have failed to warm up to Whatmore’s coaching methods and Thursday’s humiliation was the side’s 13th defeat in the 15 ODIs he has taken charge of.

Pressure is now slowly building up on the Sri Lankan-born Australian, who took over from Stephen Mangongo shortly before the 2015 Cricket World Cup. However, in defending the coach, Ziehl apportioned all blame on the players for failing to deliver under pressure.

“He is definitely the right man for the job. He has prepared the guys; he has got the knowledge and the experience,” said Ziehl.

“It’s not very difficult to impart the knowledge to the players. It’s now up to the players to execute it on the field.

“We have done all the ground work to prepare mentally and physically. The coach has been there for the boys; he has spoken with them.

“He has been compassionate and has come down hard on them when they have failed. He has all the credentials.

“It’s like you can do as much as you can but it’s up to the players when they cross the rope to get onto the field. They have got to execute.”

Ziehl pointed out to a decent performance on debut for opening batsman Brian Chari, who scored 16 runs, as a sign that the selectors are trying to bring in new blood into the team.

“As you can see we have changed some personnel. Brian has come into the team and has had his debut,” said the Mid West Rhinos supremo. 

“He has been absolutely fantastic. He has held his own in his very first game. It’s very tough to open the batting playing against a quality side like Pakistan. We have got other youngsters that are waiting in the wings.   

“We are looking at other young players to bring into the team. We just can’t discard all of our senior players at once. We need that blend of youth and experience.”

Whatmore will be hoping his players can put in a better performance in the second match today at Harare Sports Club.

Zimbabwe must win to level the three-match series at 1-1 or suffer another demoralising defeat.

Comments (1)

Pakistan is a top cricket playing nation. Cricket is like religion there. Why do we as Zimbabweans give ourselves pressure to perform miracles with little quality. We dont have large pool to select from.This country needs a 25 year plan and reach out to most 5 year old boys both urban and rural and let this game be played. In 20 yrs time we will have a feared batting order line up. The problem is with us as a country we want good results that we have not worked for. Leave Dav Whattmore , the world cup winning coach alone.

X-MAN IV - 3 October 2015

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