Zim cricket is hopeless

HARARE - The past few months have been very traumatic for local cricket followers due to the inconsistency shown by the Zimbabwe national team.

After a disappointing Cricket World Cup in Australasia at the start of the year, Zimbabwe began the 2015-16 season with a good showing against India in July.

Although India won the ODI series 3-0, all the matches were closely contested, especially the first one which Zimbabwe narrowly lost by four runs.

Then the rot commenced when we lost home series against Pakistan, New Zealand and against Associate nations Ireland and Afghanistan.

Against Pakistan and New Zealand it was always going to be tough but losing at home against Ireland and Afghanistan was just unforgivable.

The team is currently touring Bangladesh where they have already lost the three-match ODI series 3-0 and the first T20 match.

This shows us that something is terribly wrong at Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) when the national team loses matches unabated.

Of course, it would be naïve for us to think that Zimbabwe should win every match it plays but the stats and the quality of opposition we are losing against is just unbelievable.

After the loss to Afghanistan, Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane summoned the ZC hierarchy and demanded answers. Hlongwane rightly pointed out to the ZC blazers that sound development structures were
required for the sport to become vibrant again.

Truth be told, development is the last item on ZC’s agenda. Yes, we might have Zimbabwe A and Under-19 squads touring now but development has long been a neglected aspect of the game.

In their restructuring exercise, ZC terminated the contracts of many development coaches around the country, who were working behind the scenes to educate and nurture our future cricketers.

ZC executives, who earn staggering salaries and have duplicated roles, were spared while those giving the sport a pulse were chucked out.

There is no longer any real synergy between our grassroots cricket and the various national teams.

We should not be really struggling to produce world-class cricketers when, according to our schools curriculum, cricket is played in two of the three terms per year.

That alone should ensure a constant and healthy supply of budding cricketers but we seem to be not interested with the future of the game.   

Comments (1)

ZC is riddled with corruption at higher offices. managers are busy stealing. Board members are incompetent. Its a free for all in that organisation. There is a man who runs cricket through his proxys on the noard and management. he is to blame

frisco - 14 November 2015

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