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Heath Streak

Zimbabwe terminate contracts of Streak, Klusener & Co.

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Zimbabwe Cricket look to make changes after failure to qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and poor bi-lateral series results. .

The Board of Directors of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have terminated the contracts of 13 technical staffers of the senior national team, the ‘A’ team and the Under-19 team, including Heath Streak and Lance Klusener, as well as that of Tatenda Taibu, the national team selection panel convener.

Following an emergency meeting on 25 March, the same day as the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018 from which Afghanistan and Windies made the cut for the 2019 World Cup at the expense of Zimbabwe and the other teams, ZC asked that “the convener, national technical team staff, the Zimbabwe ‘A’ technical team staff and the Under-19 technical team staff should resign”.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1983
Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1983

The impacted staff members in the national team were: Streak, the head coach, Klusener, the batting coach, Walter Chawaguta, the fielding coach, Stanley Chioza, the analyst, Sean Bell, the fitness trainer, and Anesu Mupotaringa, the physiotherapist. Zimbabwe A coach Douglas Hondo was also asked to leave, as was his assistant Wayne James, as well as Under-19 head coach Stephen Mangongo, bowling coach Prosper Utseya, batting coach Gregory Lamb and fitness trainer Walter Karimanzira. The same instructions were given to Taibu.

“The concerned staff members were given until 3pm last Friday to make a decision regarding their resignations, failing which they should consider themselves dismissed,” said a ZC statement released on Sunday 1 April, adding, “ZC has so far received five formal resignations, which have all been accepted. As the 3 pm Friday deadline has passed, the above former members of ZC staff can now consider themselves no longer employed by ZC. Their contracts have been terminated and they are no longer required to carry out any technical team-related duties. The ZC human resources process will now conclude matters in a proper manner.”

The statement said that the decisions were taken “as a result of the very unsatisfactory performances and results of the Zimbabwe National team, the Zimbabwe ‘A’ team and the Zimbabwe Under-19 team”, going on to say, “bad performances and bad results cannot be absorbed with a shrug of the shoulders and considered as business as usual”.

Afghanistan and Windies made the cut for the 2019 World Cup at the end of the qualifiers in Zimbabwe
Afghanistan and Windies made the cut for the 2019 World Cup at the end of the qualifiers in Zimbabwe

ZC appeared to have had enough once Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, missing out on the marquee tournament for the first time since 1983.

“In the Qualifier, where ZC had home advantage, the team just barely scraped past Afghanistan in a match that they perhaps should have lost, tied against Scotland in a match that they perhaps should have also lost and were behind on points against Ireland at the halfway mark,” the statement said.

“And the Board finally lost patience and confidence in the Head Coach and his technical staff after questionable decisions were made in the critical must-win Super Six match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which ultimately sealed ZC’s fate. This was the most important match that ZC was playing in years (at home against an Associate team) and the Board believes that the planning, strategy and execution adopted for this game was beyond reasonable comprehension and, in fact, way off the mark.”

An interim selection panel will be appointed to take care of the matches against Pakistan and Australia in June-July following which their performance will be reviewed, said the board.

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