Taibu slates Ntini's tactics

HARARE - New Zimbabwe Cricket chief selector Tatenda Taibu has criticised caretaker coach Makhaya Ntini’s approach following the recent home Test series 2-0 defeat to New Zealand.

In a post-first Test match selection report to the board and seen by the Daily News, the outspoken former Zimbabwe captain is unhappy about how Ntini ignored his advice to play more first team batsmen in the warm-up games in order to acclimatise the to the much-superior Black Caps’ pace attack.

The 33-year-old ex-wicketkeeper has wasted little time to show he’s not there to please people,  just a few months after making a surprise comeback to the game, and South Africa great Ntini has become the first target of his well-known sharp tongue.

“We all were aware that it was going to be tough for the batsmen to quickly adjust to Test speed,” wrote Taibu in his report.

“Therefore I didn’t understand Makhaya’s decision not to play the batsmen in the warm-up games even after discussing about it.”

Prior to the two Tests, the Zimbabwe A side played three longer-version warm-up matches — two against South Africa A (four-dayers) and a three-day match against the Black Caps.

Seven batsmen from those games played at least once in the Tests, an inadequate number, according to Taibu, to give the team sufficient game practice.

Zimbabwe went on to lose the first Test by an innings and 117 runs and the second match by 254 runs.

Both matches were at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Despite a typical Queens Sports Club wicket — flat and batter friendly — Zimbabwe  were indeed, as feared by Taibu, troubled by the Kiwis’ pace attack although the slow bowlers also joined the party especially in the second match.

New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner walked away with the man-of-the-series gong due to his total of 11 wickets from the two matches.

Taibu was appointed as the new selection chief at the end of May replacing Mid West Rhinos administrator Kenyon Ziehl.

This followed the review of the technical team reports on Zimbabwe’s performance at the 2016 World Cup Twenty20 tournament hosted by India.

At the same time, Dav Whatmore was sacked as the coach and replaced with Ntini on an interim basis.

Ntini’s compatriot Lance Klusener was appointed batting coach on a two-year contract.

Batsman Hamilton Masakadza also lost his captaincy across all the three formats to his deputy Graeme Cremer.

Comments (3)

Taibu , let the man do his job . Wait for your chance , if you wanna be coach next time . And shut up Mr Motor Mouth

Amai Mandigona - 17 August 2016

Naah Taibu is right a draw would have been nice Not to lose completely

Zilch - 18 August 2016

i am strongly behind Taibu he has a point and as for current coach why do such.

Gamuchirai Mugomeza - 21 August 2016

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