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    Zimbabwe Cricket sued over 2.5 M Debt [Update Post #42]

    Heath Streak has been asked to step down as Zimbabwe coach or face dismissal after the team failed to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

    Zimbabwe, which hosted the qualification competition which ended last week, failed to secure two of the slots, which were taken by West Indies and Afghanistan.

    It will be the first time Zimbabwe will not be playing in the Cricket World Cup since 1983, a development that has raised alarm in the African country, with fear rife that the game will go downhill.

    Streak learned of his fate through a letter from Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Faisal Haisnan, who said the former national captain must resign together with his entire staff, including batting coach Lance Klusener, the former South Africa allrounder.

    They were told to hand in their resignation by Friday afternoon.

    “After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect,” Haisnan, a former ICC finance chief, wrote.

    Streak, who was appointed in October 2016 to qualify Zimbabwe, has refused to resign, daring the board to sack him.

    Captain Graeme Cremer and head of selectors Tatenda Taibu are believed to be next in the firing line.

    Experienced batsman and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor, who returned to international cricket late last year following a stint in English County cricket, is being persuaded to take over the captaincy for a second spell.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...q49TBhR1M.html


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    Sad what is happening here - dont think by firing everyone it will make a change


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    ZCB has gone crazy for the loss of WC money. Streak is a fantastic coach, and Cremar as well (Captain). I won't mind if they sack HS and he joins BCB again.

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    ICC should be blamed, little separated the teams. Moronic firing one of the best coaches in the business in Heath Streak

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    I remember during the late nineties and early 2000s Zimbabwe were a team to be reckoned with, heck imo they were better than BD of today. The Flower brothers, Neil Johnson, Heath Streak, Grant Fowler etc were very competitive cricketers and playing the Zimboks was not a guaranteed victory. Sad to see their state for the last decade or so all thanks to the racist policies of their government.


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    I feel bad for Cremer in particular. But I think this decision has more to do with money (Zimbabwe's lack of it) than cricket.

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    That day on 22nd March, Zimbabwe was playing for a lot more than only qualifying for the WC. They were probably playing for the survival of Zim cricket. A defeat were to have serious consequences.

    As many are speculating, this is probably the death of cricket in Zimbabwe. I wish I'm wrong.

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    Sad that all this is happening.

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    Looks like it will put zim cricket in more chaos

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    This has to be the stupidest thing ZC has done recently. Zim did great in the tournament. One bad match ended their chance (unfortunetly in the knockout game). Streak is a good coach, their loss.

    I say blame ICC. When you have 12 full nation and make a 10 team world cup. Someone should fire whoever came up with this stupid plan
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    Its the players who haven't played well enough for them to be where they are now. This is the strongest ZIM side since the rebels left in 2004, firing the coach won't do anything.

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    This is ridiculous.The same set of cosches won you a series vs SL in SL.

    And Taibu is to be booted too.He played a big role in convincing Jarvis and Taylor to cone back to Zimbabwe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I remember during the late nineties and early 2000s Zimbabwe were a team to be reckoned with, heck imo they were better than BD of today. The Flower brothers, Neil Johnson, Heath Streak, Grant Fowler etc were very competitive cricketers and playing the Zimboks was not a guaranteed victory. Sad to see their state for the last decade or so all thanks to the racist policies of their government.
    They weren't just better than BD of present. They were better than current WI SL and Pak side too. They could compete well with current top tier sides as well

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    ZC cricket is a pathetic organization. I don't know who in charge but some of these black administrators seem to have their heads loose. I don't mean to sound racist but that seems to be the case with ZC.

    Firing entire coaching staff? Firing captain firing managers and so much more?

    No other organization, not even PCB has been as comical as ZC.

    Zimbabwe cricket Is dying a quick and painful death. Sikandar Raza should play for Pakistan now.

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    Sad to see Zimbabwe in this state.

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    Zimbabwe should've qualified from an event they were hosting on home soil but Heath Streak has a win percentage better than any of his recent predecessors.

    This probably has more to do with the dire state of Zimbabwe's finances than the abilities of the coaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    ZC cricket is a pathetic organization. I don't know who in charge but some of these black administrators seem to have their heads loose. I don't mean to sound racist but that seems to be the case with ZC.

    Firing entire coaching staff? Firing captain firing managers and so much more?

    No other organization, not even PCB has been as comical as ZC.

    Zimbabwe cricket Is dying a quick and painful death. Sikandar Raza should play for Pakistan now.
    Its a Pakistani running the Board - Faisal Hasnain. He used to work for the ICC.

    He's been better than any of their recent administrators and is trying to cut costs due to the terrible financial mess he inherited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Its a Pakistani running the Board - Faisal Hasnain. He used to work for the ICC.

    He's been better than any of their recent administrators and is trying to cut costs due to the terrible financial mess he inherited.
    Hope he gets them out of the mess

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    This is really sad. They were just a few runs away from qualifying, although at home you should be beating teams like UAE.

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    Coach Heath Streak said he was shocked after Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) sacked him in a backroom clear-out in the wake of the team’s failure to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

    Streak has been widely praised for improving the results of the side during his 18 months in charge, and exits along with his technical team, while captain Graeme Cremer has also reportedly been axed.

    "It is with great regret and shock that I was told by ZC that myself and my coaching team must resign by 3pm yesterday (Friday), failing which we would be fired," Streak said in a statement.

    "I chose not to resign as I believe this to be degrading to our national players and my technical team. As a result, we have been dismissed with immediate effect."

    ZC have had a clear-out of all backroom staff amid reports of financial difficulties, including batting coach Lance Klusener, Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James and Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo, while convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu has also been axed.

    "Thank you to my staff who worked tirelessly, often going for months unpaid and having had two pay-cuts during their tenure, but still had that unwavering professional commitment," Streak said.

    "To Graeme and all the players, thank you for your patriotism and commitment to our Chevrons team. I wish you all the very best for the future. I am deeply saddened that my journey with you ends here. Hopefully our paths will meet again in future ..."

    The undoubted highlight of Streak’s tenure was a 3-2 One-Day International series win in Sri Lanka last year, while his 32 matches in the format produced 12 wins and 17 losses.

    But he was also left embarrassed by a innings defeat to South Africa inside two days at the end of 2017 in a day/night test in Port Elizabeth, while a three-run loss to the United Arab Emirates in the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe saw his side fail to reach the 10-team tournament finals in England and Wales.

    Zimbabwe Cricket told Reuters that would release a statement on the matter later on Saturday.

    https://www.supersport.com/cricket/m...g_as_Zim_coach


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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    They weren't just better than BD of present. They were better than current WI SL and Pak side too. They could compete well with current top tier sides as well
    They were never ranked higher than 9th in either format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    ZC cricket is a pathetic organization. I don't know who in charge but some of these black administrators seem to have their heads loose. I don't mean to sound racist but that seems to be the case with ZC.

    Firing entire coaching staff? Firing captain firing managers and so much more?

    No other organization, not even PCB has been as comical as ZC.

    Zimbabwe cricket Is dying a quick and painful death. Sikandar Raza should play for Pakistan now.
    PCB under Sethi is at another level. Also don't let Raza scoring a few runs against associates fool you. If he was in anothe team, he would have been dumped a few years ago after repeated failures.

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    HS should join bd as bowling coach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I remember during the late nineties and early 2000s Zimbabwe were a team to be reckoned with, heck imo they were better than BD of today. The Flower brothers, Neil Johnson, Heath Streak, Grant Fowler etc were very competitive cricketers and playing the Zimboks was not a guaranteed victory. Sad to see their state for the last decade or so all thanks to the racist policies of their government.
    They were far far better than BD of today. A genuine test side filled with classy players.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Sad to see their state for the last decade or so all thanks to the racist policies of their government.
    I'm not so sure about the racism part. Zimbabwe seem to have as many white players as black ones in their team now. That is quite unusual in a country from where the whites have been migrating out in their thousands in the last few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nil Dhumrojal View Post
    HS should join bd as bowling coach.
    BCB should immediately sign Streak asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post
    I'm not so sure about the racism part. Zimbabwe seem to have as many white players as black ones in their team now. That is quite unusual in a country from where the whites have been migrating out in their thousands in the last few years.
    Thats because its mainly the whites who play cricket. among the black population football is only truly popular.

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    Statement by Senator David Coltart regarding the firing of Tatenda Taibu and Heath Streak and others by Zimbabwe Cricket

    It is a fact that the most successful countries and companies throughout the world are those which remember their heritage and draw on the wisdom of the past. In the modern era there is no better example of this than the one given by the relationship of Apple and Steve Jobs. Jobs started Apple but fell out with its Board; Apple then lost much of its ingenuity and the value of its shares plummeted. The Board brought Jobs back in and his creation of the iPad and iPhone are now legendary; despite Job’s death a few years ago Apple remains the wealthiest company on earth.

    Zimbabwe Cricket was a powerful organisation in the late 1990s which punched well above its weight in the 1999 World Cup. However in 2004 a Zimbabwe Cricket Board dominated by corrupt and inefficient people, who were motivated by self interest and politics rather than the game, hounded out experienced players. The result was a catastrophic collapse of the game in Zimbabwe and the need for Zimbabwe to suspend itself from playing Test cricket. During my tenure as Minister of Sport between 2009 and 2013 Zimbabwe Cricket started its slow process of recovery. One of the things I then impressed on the Board was that we draw on the experience of retired Zimbabwean test players to both coach and select the national side. I felt that not only did we have some superb ex players but they were also people who loved their Nation deeply, so they would see their positions not as mere jobs, but rather their patriotic duty.

    It was for that reason that I applauded the Zimbabwe Cricket Board when they appointed Tatenda Taibu and Heath Streak as Convenor of Selectors and Head Coach respectively. I do not think that it has been any coincidence that the performance of the national side has steadily improved since their appointment. Despite some periodic setbacks, such as the recent series against Afghanistan, the general improvement in the side was apparent to all cricket loving Zimbabweans – something attested to by the fact that Zimbabweans fans returned in great numbers to support a passionate national side in the recent World Cup qualifiers.

    Although like all Zimbabweans I was devastated by the recent failure to qualify for the World Cup I did not blame the players, coaching staff and selectors, because I saw other factors at play, particularly the appalling decision by the ICC to limit the World Cup to 10 teams, the shockingly poor standard of umpiring and their failure to allow DRS, which arguably lead to both Zimbabwe and Scotland’s elimination from the World Cup. Had DRS been operational and had there been umpiring of a better standard both Scotland and Zimbabwe would have qualified., at the expense of the West Indies and Afghanistan. It has been for that reason that all my ire since the World Cup qualifiers has been directed against the ICC.

    But through it all I believed that a new cricketing spark has been ignited within Zimbabwe. Although I realised that the failure to qualify would place enormous financial strain on Zimbabwe Cricket I remained confident because of the belief that, unlike 2004 when we lost all our experience, we still now had a magnificent foundation to build on. We had a great pool of experienced players, some exciting youngsters coming through, a resurgence of fan interest and a coaching and selection team which enjoyed the confidence of the players. I knew that, despite our failure to qualify, if we could address the financial woes of Zimbabwe Cricket an exciting future still existed for the game in Zimbabwe.

    It was in that context that I was almost numbed by disbelief when I heard that the Zimbabwe Cricket Board had resolved to fire the entire coaching staff and the selectors. It is one of the most absurd and damaging decisions made by any sports body ever in Zimbabwe’s history. As I have sought to understand why this has happened over the last few days it seems to me that the decision has been made for reasons completely disassociated from the interests of the game and rather from the personal interests of a few. Indeed it seems to me that this has been done to scapegoat the coaching staff and selectors to divert attention away from the grievous mismanagement of Zimbabwe Cricket by its Board.

    It now seems clear to me that if anybody needs to be dismissed from their positions it is the Board members of Zimbabwe Cricket. Whilst I have been prepared to give credit where it has been due I have held deep reservations about the competence of successive Boards for many years. It is now clear to me that the current Board is just as bad as the previous Boards responsible for the near total destruction of Zimbabwe Cricket. I have listened closely to the views of many and I believe that the current Zimbabwe Cricket Board should be suspended by the Sports and Recreation Board in terms of section 30(c)(i) of the Sports and Recreation Commission Act (Chapter 25:15) for “conducting itself in a manner which is contrary to the national interest”, for the following reasons:

    1. Failure to represent Zimbabwe’s interests before the ICC

    The decision of the ICC to restrict the World Cup to 10 teams represents a failure by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board to adequately represent the interests of Zimbabwe Cricket before the ICC. A more competent and credible Board would have lobbied nations such as India more effectively to prevent this decision from happening. A more effective Board would have built coalitions with other nations to form an effective block to counter this decision. In contrast the Zimbabwe Board put up a pitiful fight and remained mute. The reality is that previous Boards and the current one are in such bad standing before the ICC, because of their incompetence and corruption, that they hold very little clout now before the ICC. This would not have been the case if the Board had been comprised of competent people with a strong track record in cricket administration and play.

    2. Failure to ensure that the World Cup qualifier would be organized more efficiently and in accordance with current international standards.

    The failure by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board to insist on the use of DRS, a panel of more experienced umpires and the provision of reserve days, constitutes a serious error on its part. The Board has criticized the selectors and coaching staff for the loss against UAE but the fact remains that had the Zimbabwe/UAE match been rained off Zimbabwe would still have failed to qualify – and that would solely have been the Board’s fault. Likewise the Board’s failure to insist on better umpiring and DRS being used resulted in Zimbabwe’s narrow loss to the West Indies. Had Masakadza been able to contest his dismissal and had Raza not been given out in the manner he was Zimbabwe would have in all probability have won that match. It beggars belief that a Board with cricketing experience would have agreed to the conditions the Zimbabwe Cricket Board did as hosts of the World Cup qualifiers. Aside from anything else knowing as hosts the high probability or rain in Harare in February/ March the Board showed gross dereliction of duty in not insisting on reserve days.

    3. Gross mismanagement of the financial and administrative affairs of Zimbabwe Cricket

    A little known fact is that on the 27th February 2018, just 5 days before Zimbabwe’s opening match against Nepal, Zimbabwe Cricket’s Head of Human Resources Nesta Vaki wrote to all staff, including the players to announce that due to “ongoing cash flow challenges” staff, including players , would only be paid 40% of their net salaries. A copy of that letter is attached on my Facebook profile. On receipt of this news Streak, convinced that it would undermine the morale of his players, urgently discussed the matter with the Zimbabwe Cricket CEO and the Chairman. Streak advised that he was prepared to take the cut himself but insisted that the players be paid. Eventually the Board relented and the players were paid. Streak however was only paid 40% of his salary.

    When the ICC personnel released daily allowances in new US$100 bills cash to all the sides who qualified for the Super 6 round, the Zimbabwe team received their allowances by means of RTGS bank transfers into their bank accounts. When the players realised that all the other teams had been paid in US$100 bills they protested. ZC responded by paying them $450 each in old tatty US$ 5 bills. When some senior players and staff questioned this with ZC authorities they said the cash crisis was to blame, without explaining what had happened to the original US$100 bills paid to Zimbabwe Cricket by the ICC. It seems clear that the Zimbabwe Cricket management retained the new US$100 bills for themselves unlike the other teams who respected their players. This affected the morale of the team when they realised how they were treated in comparison to the other teams by their own Board.

    The Zimbabwe team ran short of cricket balls to train with during the qualifiers and had to make plans to try and source balls through other channels to see them through. The coaching staff had to borrow balls from Ben Lever of the ICC because of the failure by the Board to supply them with this basic equipment.

    Generous bonuses were “promised” to the players and staff for qualification yet no figure was put in writing by the Board despite several efforts and requests to get this done. The coaching staff were advised that the CEO and Chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket were authorized to finalise the bonus. The CEO was asked prior to the Super 6 stage what was happening regarding the bonuses but was told that the Board would have to approve that issue, contradicting the earlier promises.

    Before the injection of the $1.3 million by the ICC to run the qualifier tournament the last time ZC bought equipment for the ground preparation needs at Harare Sports Club and Queens, such as mowers and rollers, was in 2003 when the ICC injected money to then cohost the cricket World Cup. Due to gross incompetence some of the equipment purchased for the qualifiers could not be utilized because of the Board’s failure to pay for duty. In fact motorized super soppers, which could have helped the match against the UAE, were still sitting at customs in Beitbridge because of this incompetence. The excess water had to be slowly mopped up manually which in turn made for a more difficult Duckworth Lewis target. Given that Zimbabwe only fell short of the revised target against UAE by 4 runs this failure alone by the Board resulted in Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify.

    For years now ZC have blamed their financial situation for all their shortfalls yet none of the successive Boards, including the current administration, in this time have taken any positive steps to rectify the situation. ZC receive millions from the ICC on a 7 year cycle while unions such as Scotland and UAE receive considerably less yet have arguably better structures in place. Ireland, now a test playing nation, still receives a quarter of the amount Zimbabwe cricket does per cycle yet their lowest paid contracted player is on Ł60000 per year in comparison to $16000 for junior nationally contracted Zimbabwe players, while coaching staff in other test and associate nations receive three to four times the remuneration of Zimbabwe’s high performance coaching team. In contrast many administrative officials in ZC receive salaries way in excess of what their counterparts in commerce in Zimbabwe receive. Indeed many administrative officials receive way in excess of some national players.

    The internal administration of the cricket has all but broken down. It is a prerequisite of the ICC for members to play 1st Class, List A and T20 competitions to get ICC disbursements. Zimbabwe Cricket has not organized any T20 competition for 2 years and this season none of our 3 competitions, including the Logan Cup, will be completed. Aside from the devastating impact that has on the standard of play in Zimbabwe it further risks the loss of ICC funds.

    Support for schools and cricket development has all but dried up. Schools such as Milton, Prince Edward and Churchill, which used to receive substantial support from ZC, have seen that support dwindle. If it were not for the growing passion for the game amongst the public cricket would in fact be a dying game in Zimbabwe., because of the current Board’s failure to invest in the future.

    It seems as if Zimbabwe Cricket is now facing worse financial turmoil than ever before. The national players have recently been told by management that they will not receive their salaries for March. In the same communication they have been told that the Board is “trying to raise funding” and they are hopeful that the crisis may “ease in June”. Clearly there is need for an urgent audit to be conducted by the SRC to establish what the actual financial state of Zimbabwe Cricket is.

    4. None of the current Zimbabwe Cricket Board have played 1st class cricket.

    Many of the poor decisions taken by the Board stem from the fact that the Board members themselves have never played cricket at any high level and so they lack a fundamental understanding of the game. This is demonstrated in their decision to fire the entire coaching staff in one fell swoop. That is unprecedented amongst test playing nations throughout the world and would be unthinkable in most nations. It shows that the Board itself has no understanding of the personal relationships built up between players and coaching team and of the devastating impact this has on players.

    This lack of understanding of the game is also demonstrated in the Board’s failure to insist on DRS and reserve days for the qualifying tournament. The Board’s apparent failure to complain about the shockingly poor standard of umpiring throughout the qualifying tournament is also indicative of an administration that simply doesn’t understand the game.

    The Board’s failure to understand how the dismissal of Streak and Taibu has affected players’ morale is a further indication of how little they understand the game. The players have great confidence in these two Zimbabweans patriots because they know they have deep rooted experience of the unique pressures of the modern game of cricket and what it means to play for Zimbabwe. This element is simply lost on a Board which doesn’t have this experience.

    5. The current Board clearly does not enjoy the support of sponsors

    It remains a harsh reality that the current Board is held in such low regard by the business community in Zimbabwe and internationally that it has failed to obtain a single sponsor to inject cash into the system. For all the hoopla around PPC sponsorship the fact remains that none of that sponsorship will come in cash but rather in the construction of concrete nets. A local company that was allegedly prepared to invest some US$125,000 before the qualifiers had not heard back from the Board prior to the qualifiers so that potential sponsorship has been lost.

    6. The current system of election to the Board is opaque and excludes minorities

    One of the reasons why the Board is comprised of people who have little passion for, or experience of, cricket is because of the opaque system for election to the Board which perpetuates the tenure of a clique who are driven by self interest, rather than national interest. The Government needs to review Zimbabwe Cricket’s constitution to ensure that any new Board is comprised of people of all races who have a demonstrable experience either in playing cricket or the administration of cricket.

    7. The current decision of the Board to sack Streak and Taibu may irreparably damage cricket in Zimbabwe

    What is not in the public domain is the fact that the entire current national team opposes the decision taken by the Board. I have it on exceptionally good and reliable authority that the team is appalled by this decision. We are now in grave danger not only of undermining the morale of the current crop of national players but also of losing some of our key players. If this decision results in a similar loss of experience as happened in 2004 Zimbabwe cricket may never recover and we may go the same way Kenya went and become just another second-class cricketing nation. The resultant loss of income, national profile and national pride will be completely against our national interest. Conversely if cricket grows as it should it will be the source of foreign exchange and a livelihood for thousands in the years to come. Our economy cannot afford the collapse of yet another once vibrant sector.

    Conclusion

    This statement has been prepared using evidence supplied to me by a wide range of sources, which span both players and coaches and include the entire racial spectrum. I have cross-referenced the information I have received from individuals with others to ensure that it is accurate. Reports received from different sources have corroborated each other and accordingly I am satisfied that what I have been told is accurate. The reason the information has been shared with me is because both players and coaching staff do not feel they are being heard by anyone else.

    As can be shown above there are numerous and adequate grounds for the SRC Board to suspend the entire Zimbabwe Cricket Board as a matter of urgency. It will then be up to the Minister of Sport to act in terms of section 30(2) of the SRC Act to appoint a committee to administer the affairs of Zimbabwe Cricket pending the rewriting of its constitution and the election of a new Board which will efficiently take Zimbabwe Cricket forward.

    President Mnangagwa has stated often since taking office that he wants to see the growth of the Zimbabwean economy and all sectors of society. If Zimbabwe Cricket is allowed to collapse during his watch it will be a severe indictment against his administration. I hope that the SRC Board and the Minister of Sport will accordingly act quickly and diligently to rectify this disastrous situation.

    http://www.davidcoltart.com/2018/04/...babwe-cricket/

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    STREAK IS WORKING TIRELESSLY TO STAGE ANOTHER PLAYER REBELLION

    With only a month to go until the tours by Australia and Pakistan it is surprising to see so many of the national side absent from domestic cricket. Pj Moor returns to action for Midwest Rhinos one of the few national team players to do so, we have received some rumours that some of our national team players are being influenced by axed coach Heath Streak not to take part in domestic cricket

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    This is preposterous by Zim Cricket. They are creating a crisis for themselves. Should learn from CA vs Players and what a mess that was.


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    Zimbabwe cricket is a freakin joke

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    That message was NOT from official Zimbabwe Cricket page.

    Brendan reacted without verifying. In any case Zimbabwe cricket is pretty much dead.

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    The Zimbabwe Cricket Board have appointed Walter Chawaguta as the convenor of selectors of an interim national selection panel.

    He will be supported on the panel by Kenyon Ziehl and former Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya (pictured above).

    Chawaguta and Ziehl have both previously served as national selectors, while Utseya has a wealth of experience at international level, playing four Tests, 164 ODIs and 35 T20Is between 2004 and 2015.

    Tatenda Taibu was sacked as convenor of selectors in March, along with the entire coaching staff and captain Graeme Cremer, following Zimbabwe's failure to qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

    The panel's first task will be to pick a squad for the home triangular T20I series, also featuring Australia and Pakistan, in July. Zimbabwe will then take on Pakistan in a five-match ODI series.

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    Lalchand Rajput is a very good coach, this is the best news to have come out of Zimbabwe since that WCQ loss... I hope they pay the players their due and ensure the core is retained.

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    As interim head coach of the Zimbabwe men’s national team, Lalchand Rajput has his job cut out, especially as the deal is for three months to start with, and might be extended based on the results.

    To get it right straightaway will be tricky, with Zimbabwe set for a home Twenty20 International tri-series against Australia and Pakistan in July, but Rajput, the former India opening batsman, is gung-ho about the possibilities.

    “They called me up and showed an interest in me. For now, the deal is for three months. After that, if both parties agree, it will be extended. I am really happy with this, because this is what I was looking for after the job with Afghanistan,” said Rajput in a chat with ICC. “Afghanistan did exceptionally well when I was the coach there, so the people in Zimbabwe must have seen something that impressed them. But yes, it’s a challenge. Challenges get the best out of me. I think people know me for that.”

    Part of the challenge is also down to the recent events in Zimbabwe. The team failed to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and then removed their entire coaching staff in a bid to start afresh.

    Rajput, seen here with Asghar Stanikzai, recently served as the chief coach of Afghanistan Rajput, seen here with Asghar Stanikzai, recently served as the chief coach of Afghanistan

    “My first job will be to get the players ready for the triangular series. I have not yet met the players; I will go there and slowly find out everything, meet them, understand them, motivate them. There is a lot of talent there, but I need to turn things around quickly and hopefully take them to the next level. The main thing is to get the players together and get them to perform as a unit,” said Rajput.

    “They want to do well like all teams do. My job is to get the best results, for the team to do well, perform better. For the tri-series against Australia and Pakistan, both strong teams, the first goal is to reach the final. Then we will take it one step at a time.”

    Rajput is no greenhorn in the coaching game. A sturdy opening batsman for Mumbai, he played two Tests and four one-day internationals for India between 1985 and 1987, and turned to coaching after that. His biggest achievement was being the cricket manager of the Indian team when they won the ICC World T20 2007. That came shortly after India had failed to get past the first round of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean and Greg Chappell had been removed as coach of the Indian team.

    Since then, Rajput has also been at the helm at Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and then overseen Afghanistan’s rise to being a Test nation.

    Rajput was the cricket manager of the Indian team that won the ICC World T20 2007 Rajput was the cricket manager of the Indian team that won the ICC World T20 2007

    “The morale in the team was very low,” recalled Rajput about his time with the Indian team. “I looked at my job as mainly to prepare and motivate the players. Performances will come. And the results were there for everyone to see.

    “Afghanistan are very talented, especially in shorter versions. In coaching you are learning all the time, you pick up new things all the time. With Afghanistan, they had very simple thoughts – scoring fast; they would score 70s and get out. My job was to help them score centuries, bat long, play for time. They are very passionate about the game. That’s how we achieved Test status. It was quite easy for me, because they really wanted to do well.”

    In Indian cricket circles, players from Mumbai carry with them a reputation. It’s a reputation built after years of ruling the domestic circuit, as 41 titles at the Ranji Trophy, the country’s premier first-class competition, show.

    “Being a Mumbaikar, we are exposed to the tough side of cricket. It was so difficult to get into the Mumbai team in the 1970s and 1980s that everyone said it was easier to get into the Indian team,” jokes Rajput. “We have that culture. We respect cricket, work hard, take on challenges, fight … not think of the results, they will come. That’s what I bring into my coaching too.”


    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/691977


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    A day after former India batsman Lalchand Rajput was named interim coach of the Zimbabwe cricket team, players have decided to go on strike over unpaid salaries, match fees and bonuses.

    Zimbabwe Cricket has been in a state of turmoil for months and coach Heath Streak, assistant Lance Klusener and many officials, including under-19 coach Steve Mangongo, have parted ways. Rajput’s last assignment was with the Afghanistan cricket team.

    Zimbabwe cricket has lurched from one crisis to another due to a string of player-official clashes, controversial selections and financial issues. Uncertainties also led to Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe’s best batsman at the 2015 World Cup, quitting the team to play in England. However, he is back with Zimbabwe.

    Failing to qualify for the 2019 World Cup led to the axe falling on former wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu, who feels cricket in the country is dying a slow death. “The state of cricket in the country is really at a critical point,” Taibu told cricfrenzy in an interview. “If something is not done very soon, we are actually witnessing the death of Zimbabwean cricket, unfortunately. It is not very nice for me to be saying this, but it is the truth.”

    Zimbabwe will host a tri-series against Australia and Pakistan in June, and the player trouble puts that in jeopardy. Taibu blamed the Board for the mess Zimbabwe cricket finds itself in.

    “For anything to work, it must have strong leadership. For a team to win matches, they must have a strong captain, a strong coach, and strong senior players. In 2004, we had a debt of about $600,000, but our debt now is about $20 million. It just indicates how badly our organisation has been running over the last 14-15 years.”

    Short-term contract

    Rajput hoped he can get the team to produce a strong show in the Tri-series. “My job is to get the best results, for the team to do well, perform better. For the tri-series against Australia and Pakistan, both strong teams, the first goal is to reach the final,” Rajput was quoted by the International Cricket Council as saying.

    Rajput will begin with a three-month contract, which is expected to be extended based on results. “For now, the deal is for three months. After that, if both parties agree, it will be extended. I am really happy with this, because this is what I was looking for after the job with Afghanistan,” Rajput said.

    “Afghanistan did exceptionally well when I was coach, so the people in Zimbabwe must have seen something that impressed them.”

    Rajput hoped he can motivate Zimbabwe players. “My first job will be to get the players ready for the tri-series. I have not yet met the players; I will go there and slowly find out everything, meet them, understand them, motivate them.

    “There is a lot of talent there, but I need to turn things around quickly and hopefully take them to the next level. The main thing is to get the players together and get them to perform as a unit.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/crick...WPcrxTIEM.html
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    Seven vie for Zimbabwe Cricket coach post

    ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) moved a step closer towards appointing a substantive coach after interviewing seven of the eight shortlisted candidates for the senior national team head coach post left vacant by former captain Heath Streak in April.

    Although ZC appointed Lalchand Rajput from India on an interim basis from June 1 to August 31, they are still in the hunt for a substantive coach as they look to start afresh after the disappointment of the national team’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

    Rajput will have an opportunity to prove that he deserves the job full time, when he takes charge of Zimbabwe in the upcoming triangular T20 series involving Australia and Pakistan in Harare in early July before a five-match OSI series against Pakistan in Bulawayo from July 13-22.

    A new substantive national team coach is expected to be named after the ODI series against Pakistan.

    According to the schedule of interviews in possession of NewZimbabwe.com, the former Afghanistan coach was also among the seven coaches interviewed on Wednesday along with one Zimbabwean, two South Africans, one Englishman, a Scotsman and one Australian.

    Former Zimbabwe bowler Douglas Hondo, who played nine Test matches and 56 ODIs is local gunning for the top post having previously served Zimbabwe ‘A’ coach and national team bowling coach.

    South African Lance Klusener, who served as batting coach before he was fired together with Streak in April was also interviewed for the job while former national team fitness trainer declined to be interviewed despite being shortlisted for the post.

    Former Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is one of the two South Africans that were interviewed for the job together with Anton Roux, who is the current assistant coach of Otago in New Zealand domestic cricket.

    Scotsman Colin Siller, who has previously served as national coach of cricket minnows Fiji, former New Zealand coach Andy Moles and Australian Nathan Dodd complete the list of coaches vying for the Zimbabwe job.

    https://www.newzimbabwe.com/seven-vi...et-coach-post/

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    Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have confirmed Lalchand Rajput as the head coach of the men's national team, after the former India international stepped into the role on an interim basis in June.

    “It is an honour and privilege to work with Zimbabwe Cricket and I am really pleased to be given this opportunity to take this team to the next level, to work hard and ensure we make a difference in the coming years,” Rajput said after his appointment on a permanent basis.

    @ZimCricketv is thrilled to announce Lalchand Rajput has been appointed as the substantive head coach of our men’s national team. The former @bcci international is a respected and successful coach reputed for his passion, hard work and intimate knowledge of the game #AllTheBest pic.twitter.com/nT3Tpt1NbZ

    — Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) August 24, 2018

    Rajput represented India in two Tests and four one-day internationals, the last of which came in 1987. He continued to play first-class cricket until 1999, making 110 appearances and amassing 7,988 runs at 49.30.

    Rajput has successfully coached India in the first edition of the ICC World T20 in 2007 and followed his good work later with Afghanistan. In between, he also coached Mumbai Indians in the inaugural Indian Premier League season and mentored them this year.

    Tavengwa Mukhlani, the ZC Chairman, also congratulated Rajput on his appointment, saying: “We are thrilled to appoint Lalchand as the substantive head coach of Zimbabwe’s senior men’s national cricket team. Lalchand has a wealth of experience and an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.

    Zimbabwe will be touring to South Africa and Bangladesh later this year

    “He has identified, nurtured and developed some of the best young talents in world cricket, from coaching a young India side that won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 through to recently moulding Afghanistan into a formidable team that eventually earned Test status.

    “His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”

    Hamilton Masakadza, the Zimbabwe captain, who led his side under Rajput's guidance in the tri-nation T20I series against Australia and Pakistan, also welcomed the appointment.

    'We are already starting to see a lot of improvement' – Hamilton Masakadza

    “I think it is a positive move from ZC. Appointing someone of his experience and stature bodes well for the future of our cricket as he is a really positive coach who brings a lot of positive energy and wants to see positive results for the team,” Masakadza said.

    “I have been very impressed with his work ethic and attention to detail. We are in the middle of a training camp where he has really put the guys through their paces.

    “We have worked on a lot of specifics and put a lot of time into our games. The boys have responded really well to the rigorous training schedule and we are already starting to see a lot of improvement.”

    Rajput's upcoming full-time coaching assignments include away series against South Africa and Bangladesh later this year.
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    Zimbabwe Cricket sued over $2.5m debt

    Local vehicle sales and maintenance firm, Croco Motors (Private) Ltd, has petitioned the High Court seeking an order to compel the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) to repay a $2 560 000 debt which the cricket body accrued in 2015.

    Croco Motors filed the summons on September 4, 2018 through its lawyers Atherstone and Cook Legal Practitioners.

    The cricket union is yet to enter its response.

    Early this year, the same vehicle firm filed a court application seeking to compel ZCU to return its two corporate boxes at the Harare Sports Club cricket grounds.

    According to Croco Motors, the ZCU was refusing to return the two corporate boxes despite the expiry of a one-month period within which the cricket body had requested the firm to provisionally remove the corporate boxes in line with the International Cricket Council (ICC) requirements.

    In a founding affidavit deposed by its group sales and marketing manager, Lawrence Chikwehwa, Croco Motors said on January 18 this year, ZCU advised Croco Motors that it was hosting the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and as such it was a requirement of the ICC that Zimbabwe Cricket should avail a clean ground with no signages of third parties.

    After the hosting of the games, Croco Motors expected that its corporate boxes would be returned, but ZCU did not, leading to a lawsuit.

    However, in the current matter, Croco Holdings (Pvt) Ltd said the ZCU was again refusing to honour a debt which the latter acknowledged sometime in 2015.

    2015, the defendant (Zimbabwe Cricket Union) acknowledged its liability to the plaintiff (Croco Holdings) in the sum of $2,8 million. In terms of the acknowledgement of debt, the defendant undertook to repay the sum of $240 000 through the provision of cricket boxes on lease for a period of 25 years, leaving a balance due and owing by the defendant to the plaintiff in the sum of $2 560 000,” Croco Motors said in its declaration.

    “In 2016 and early 2017, the defendant acknowledged its indebtedness to the plaintiff in the sum of $2 560 000. Despite demand, the defendant has failed to pay the sum of $2 560 000, which amount is now due and payable.

    “Wherefore, the plaintiff claims the payment of the amount of $2 560 000, interest thereon (calculated at the prescribed rate) from the date of service of summons to date of full payment and cost of suit.”

    https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/09/zi...over-25m-debt/


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