Zimbabwe Cricket sacks skipper Graeme Cremer, all coaching staff

Mar 31, 2018 11:13 IST
Zimbabwe Cricket sacks skipper Graeme Cremer, all coaching staff

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has fired the captain of its cricket team, Graeme Cremer along with the entire coaching staff following the team’s shocking elimination during the ICC World Cup qualifier.

The team lost their ICC World Cup qualifier by just three runs to the United Arab Emirates on March 22, giving Afghanistan and Ireland a chance to fight it out for the last remaining spot in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

The nation’s cricketing body has not only fired head coach Heath Streak but also batting coach Lance Klusener, bowling coach Douglas Hondo, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, fitness coach Sean Bell, team analyst Stanley Chioza and all other coaching staff, including Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James and Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo.

According to reports, former captain and leading batsman Brendan Taylor is likely to take over the team's leadership.

Key Highlights

• Zimbabwe’s head coach was given a day’s time to formally resign along with his technical staff. Following which, the technical team would be relieved of their duties with immediate effect.

• The statement, giving orders to the staff to quit was issued by Zimbabwe Cricket MD Faisal Hasnain through an email.

• However, Streak and his staff refused to resign on the principle that they did not consider their overall work a failure.

Expressing his disappointment on the development, Heath Streak said, “as a former player and a coach, to be given an email with no full explanation or even the courtesy of a hearing is something I didn't expect.”

 

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Background

• The United Arab Emirates shocked millions of cricket fans when they eliminated Zimbabwe from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 race on March 22, 2018.

• The match result gave the teams of Afghanistan and Ireland a lifeline by turning their last Super Six match into a shootout for the last remaining spot in the 2019 ICC World Cup, which was won by Afghanistan eventually.

• The UAE, who were out of World Cup contention last week after losing to Scotland, went against all odds and expectations and defeated Zimbabwe by three runs in the penultimate match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe’s Harare Sports Stadium.

• It would be the first time since 1983 that Zimbabwe will not be playing in the Cricket World Cup.

• The development that has raised alarm in Zimbabwe, with fear rife that the game will go further downhill in the nation.

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