CRICKET: Zimbabwe Continues To Fail To As Ziehl Promises Changes
As we sit in the media room after another soul crushing loss to Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, much of the press corp is, well, no idea, let’s go with disconsolate.
Noone is speaking. It is just a deep air of resignation.
A few comments on soccer betting on the Internet fly across the room but noone is really feeling positive about Zimbabwe cricket at the moment.
There are loads of theories making their way, like, lack of talent, no talent management, poor coaching, noone really knows.
What we do know is the results are not coming.
That was the scenario in on Thursday after Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by a humongous 131 runs.
There are realities that have to be looked at now. The crowds are getting tired of the losses. It’s become strange to watch.
Coach Kenyon Ziehl says the changes are coming:
There are senior players who are not performing right now and we are working on bringing young players in which takes time.
We can’t do all of it at the same time but we are working on it.
You have already seen some changes and there are more coming.
On the position of the coach Dav Whatmore who has won only three of the 24 matches he has been in charge:
He has been supportive and blasted them when he had to but at the end of the day it is up to the players. There are things you would like to do from the changing room when they are out there but you have no control over that.
Ziehl held a long meeting after the press conference with his selectors joined by batting coach Andy Waller .
Funnily enough in all of this there are a few positives.
- Chamu Chibhabha is now an all-rounder
- The bowling is more disciplined
- Bruno Chari looked solid on debut
- Luke Jongwe can bowl
As for the match Pakistan posted 259 and Zimbabwe could only muster up 128. Well it is their highest score on the tour after twice (126 and 121) failing to reach 137 set for them.
Congratulations to Pakistan’s Yasir Shah for his impressive 6-26, the second best ever figures by a Pakistani spinner in ODIs and the best ever by a spinner in Zimbabwe.
The second of three-match series is on Saturday. Ticket prices have been slashed. It’s $2 for the rest of the ground and $5 for the bank and Centurion area.