Waller, Hondo jobs on the line

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) specialist coaches, Andy Waller (batting) and Douglas Hondo (bowling) face the axe as the organisation tries to seek scapegoats following the humiliating series defeats to Afghanistan.

The tourists became the first Associate nation to secure a series win over a Test-playing side when they sealed a 3-2 win over Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club at the weekend.

With the series tied on 2-2 going into Sunday’s match, Afghanistan proved to the world that their earlier two victories in the series were no fluke as they romped to an emphatic 73-run win.

Barely 24 hours later, ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani convened an emergency board meeting in Harare where the delegates deliberated on the humiliating defeat and decided to part ways with Waller and Hondo.

“The loss claimed its first casualties in the technical department where the board members decided to fire the batting coach with immediate effect while at the same time relegating the bowling coach to the development side, Zimbabwe A,” a source at ZC told the Daily News.

“The news would however, be only made public after the board makes tangible inroads in their quest for international replacements.

“They are not going to let head coach Dav Whatmore decide on the personnel he wants, they agreed to go it alone this time.”

Whatmore’s position was not discussed at the meeting and the Daily News understands he still has the backing of ZC.

Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq has been touted as a possible replacement for Waller and the ZC officials will now try to lure him to become a member of Whatmore’s backroom staff.

The 45-year-old former Pakistan batsman, who was considered the best batsman in the world against pace, was regarded as a symbol of strength and subtlety during his playing days.

ZC chief executive Wilfred Mukondiwa could neither confirm nor deny the reports when contacted for  comment.

“It’s not business as usual; we are aware of that (Zimbabwe’s waning fortunes) and we are taking the necessary steps to make sure we avoid such scenes in future,” told the Daily News.

“The board met on Sunday but we can’t disclose what was discussed until the time is ripe and a statement will be circulated.”

Comments (2)

The board or boards will continue to meet....and meet...until the donkeys grow horns.....lol. The simple cause of the team mis-firing....is that politics should never ever be brought into cricket.....!!

HatiNa - 29 October 2015

Abolish the racist transformation system. The board must evaluate this system and leave coaches alone. 200 ODIs players are still mis-firing and having a problem to bat. The truth is there to see. The quick fix is to give asian players Zim citizenship. 3 batsman from India, 2 bowlers from Sri-lanka or pakistan.. We are our own enemies.

X-MAN IV - 1 November 2015

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