Zimbabwean Cricket - reaching for the abyss

Kenyans are touring Zimbabwe. They are now into their third and final game and they are completely humiliating the hosts. Even though Zimbabwe is technically fielding its "A" side, the team is packed with their regulars. The first match was a 3 day game which they lost in 2 days by an innings and 12 runs, the second was a one-day game which they lost by 30 runs and the on-going third game, which is again a 3-dayer is heading on the same lines. The series against India did throw up some encouraging signs, but this latest humiliation against a non-test playing nation from their own continent is bound to send them hurtling towards a rapid nadir. (Coming to think of it, it is a shame that India was not able to win the second test by an innings.)

In the middle of this, Heath Streak, their only test-class player other than Taibu, has decided to quit international cricket. He has just signed a contract with Warwickshire as the county's new skipper (taking over from Nick Knight) for the next two years. He now joins likes of the Flower brothers (Essex) and Sean Ervine (Hampshire) who have quit playing for Zimbabwe and shifted their focus to the county circuit.

As if this isn't enough, the players now find themselves in protest against the Board for terminating the contract of their former coach, Phil Simmons.

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Blogger CambournePat 2:42 PM

The Problem as I see it is there is no process for removing a country's test match status.    



Blogger vishnupavan 1:58 PM

Yeah, that is true.. The future looks really bleak for the Zimbabweans. They have sent an "A" side (they call it their Presidents eleven) to India to play in one of the domestic tournaments. It should be good exposure but they are up against some really strong teams and I wouldnt be surprised if they get humiliated yet again...    



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