There's no easy fix: Butcher

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has to make a raft of changes for the national team to be competitive again on the international stage according to former coach Alan Butcher.

The team is currently reeling after an early exit from the ongoing ICC WT20 tournament in India at the hands of Associate nation Afghanistan.

Zimbabwe also struggled to beat lowly-ranked second tier nations Scotland and Hong Kong.

“There’s obviously no easy fix,” Butcher told the Daily News.

“A stable board and management structure would go a long way to help . . . one that trusts each other regardless of skin colour.

“Secure finances would help... to keep players from anxiety over payment and so forth and to help improve development structures then hard work and desire.”

The Englishman, who was Zimbabwe’s coach between April 2010 and March 2013, said the team’s loss to Afghanistan should be serious indictment on the local game.

“You know where that puts the team . . . it’s not a fluke is it? I know the Associates moan about the unfairness of their treatment but it is slightly easier for them now,” he said.

“As far as development is concerned, its time hard work and some investment is put into the game.

“When I was in the job for about a year I said it might take 10 years for Zim to really become competitive . . . but that was dependent on good management from the top, keeping the nucleus of the squad together and people showing patience and consistency.

“None of these things has happened and so we’re back at the start again.”

With a tough qualifying format for the World Cup being used for the 2019 tournament in England and Wales, Zimbabwe is in serious danger of missing out.

Butcher has urged ZC to cast the net wider and try to lure back some of the cricket talent which has slipped away.

“They can access people from different parts of the world . . . look at the Netherlands, not that many Afghans are in the Afghanistan team,” he said.

“Who is going to come to Zimbabwe to get a chance to play international cricket in the current climate?”

Meanwhile, ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said the union takes note of the team’s poor showing in India but they will only act once coach Dav Whatmore presents his report.

“Obviously, we were following events in India but be as it may, the board will look into the issue and assess merits and demerits once the technical department hands in their reports,” he said.

“I think it’s only fair that we comment on this after we get their reports and in any case these guys haven’t even arrived back from India.”

Comments (1)

Common sense should prevail for sanity to return to cricket. Players should be chosen on merit and politics be removed from the game. A short term fix is to give citizenship to at least to three bowlers from Asia preferably India.. Our own people have failed dismally, Its either the team is weak all round or criminal performance for quick bucks. It does not have to do with the coach. Its the players and board structures

X-MAN IV - 19 March 2016

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