Cremer lauds Streak's appointment

HARARE - Zimbabwe CRICKET (ZC) captain Graeme Cremer (pictured) says Heath Streak’s appointment as coach will give the side a good chance of qualifying for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Streak, a former Zimbabwe captain and assistant coach, was unveiled this week to replace Dav Whatmore, who was sacked following poor results in June.

The Bulawayo native’s immediate task will be building a strong squad that will be able to navigate through the qualifiers for the next World Cup to be held in England and Wales.

“I think Heath’s appointment is the best decision they (ZC) have made. He’s a very experienced coach and he knows the system here in Zimbabwe,” Cremer told the Daily News.

“The guys are very happy he has been appointed, he will be good for the team, he knows all the guys and I’m sure Heath and I will work well together.

“He has a big job to do, he does not have much time before Sri Lanka but I think he will settle in nicely and we will start to see good results in the near future.

“I think it’s achievable but we need to be playing more cricket. We need more games to get more points to move up and on the ranking. We hope more games can be organised by ZC — the only way forward I think.”

The 30-year-old legspinner also lauded the return of Zimbabwe’s first black captain Tatenda Taibu in the structures after he was appointed convener of selectors earlier this year.

ZC has also paid up all the outstanding dues owed to the players which caused industrial action last month.

“A good head coach and a good convenor is very important, they know each other well and played with one another for many years. They will be introducing new younger players into the team and start building a new team together I’m sure,” Cremer said.

“We have a few guys coming up which they have recognised and I’m sure they will work with them to make a better and more competitive team.

“Funds have been paid to players and ZC have assured this was a minor hiccup but they will be back on track soon enough.”

Cremer completed an all-round display in Zimbabwe A’s draw with Pakistan A in the first four-day match in Bulawayo, taking four wickets in the first innings for 82 runs from 39 overs at 2.10 having also weighed in with a 95-ball 54 runs earlier.

The locals totalled 444 runs in their first innings buoyed by PJ Moor’s 157 from 222 balls and Cremer’s 54.

The visitors then were bundled out for 358 trailing by 86 runs before the hosts declared on 219/5 with Malcolm Waller top scoring with an unbeaten 87.

Forgotten seamer Chris Mpofu picked three wickets for 61 runs from 20.5 overs as he pushes hard for a return to the national fold.

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