Taibu in cricket U-turn

HARARE - Former national cricket captain Tatenda Taibu has replaced Kenyon Ziehl as Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) convener of selectors following a reshuffle that also saw coach Dav Whatmore lose his job yesterday.

Batsman Hamilton Masakadza was also relieved of his captain duties and was replaced by spinner Graeme Cremer in all three formats on an interim basis.

Bowling coach Makhaya Ntini will be the interim coach during this month’s series against India while Lance Klusener comes in as the batting coach on a two-year contract. 

Taibu retired from all forms of the game at the tender age of 29 in 2012 in order to devote his life to the church having played 28 Tests and 150 ODIs.

ZC board chairperson Tawengwa Mukuhlani was able to convince the wicketkeeper-batsman to return to the game following a four-hour marathon meeting back in April.

The announcements were made by ZC spokesperson Darlington Majonga in a statement late yesterday.

“The ZC board has made some changes following its review of the technical reports on the senior men’s performance at the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament which was hosted by India earlier this year,” Majonga said.

“Head coach…Whatmore has had his contract terminated with immediate effect. Bowling coach… Ntini has taken over in an acting capacity until the appointment of a substantive head coach.

“To strengthen the senior men’s technical set-up, the board has appointed former South Africa international…Klusener as batting coach for two years, with effect from the 5th of June 2016.

“The board has also restructured the national selection panel, to comprise the convener, the senior men’s national team head coach and his assistant.

“Former national captain…Taibu has been appointed the new convener. He will have additional responsibilities in development and high-performance, and will also assist ZC in bringing former Zimbabwe players back into local cricket.

“Following the review, the board has also relieved Zimbabwe top-order batsman…Masakadza of the captaincy for all three formats of the game. His deputy,…Cremer, will act in the interim.”

Zimbabwe hosts India in three ODIs and three T20s starting from June 11- 22 at Harare Sports Club.

This will be the national team’s first competitive bi-lateral tie since the World T20 debacle.

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