Masakadza, Ziehl retain posts


HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) captain Hamilton Masakadza  and convenor of selectors Kenyon Ziehl will continue in their respective roles amid uncertainties over their future.

Masakadza was appointed captain across all the three formats in June last year after the resignation of Elton Chigumbura. Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer was appointed Masakadza’s deputy.

The towering batsman from Manicaland’s Mountaineers, a long-serving vice captain for the national prior to his elevation, has since struggled to get runs on the scoreboard since the promotion.

ZC insiders insist a reshuffle is on the cards with Masakadza relinquishing the captaincy for Cremer in order to concentrate on his game.

On the selection side, Ziehl, the Mid West Rhinos administrator, is also said to be a target of the impending reshuffle that will see him being replaced by former Under-19 coach Walter Chawaguta, who also seats on the selection panel.

ZC chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani told the Daily News that the changes were never discussed during the board meetings held last Saturday and Monday.

“We sat down as a board for our routine board meetings and nothing to that effect was ever mentioned or discussed if there’s anything it would be communicated at the right time and through the right channel,” Mukuhlani said.

“Masakadza remains the national team captain so does Ziehl, our convenor of selectors.”

Ziehl, a largely unassuming character whose main concern is to see a positive development of the local game, also denied that there are plans to axe him as the chief selector.

“I have worked with Walter (Chawaguta) and still do and it would be a swift transition if that’s what is going to happen,” Ziehl told the Daily News.

Zimbabwe is currently in camp preparing for India’s visit next month.

This will only be the first time the locals play competitive cricket since February’s disastrous outing at the ICC World T20 where they crashed out at qualifying after losing to Associate nation Afghanistan.

The short tour is set to feature only three ODIs and three T20s.

Mukuhlani believes Zimbabwe will put up a good performance against the Asians, who are likely to leave behind a number of their top cricketers for this tour.

“It’s an important tour, India is a good side and a big team but we are looking forward to the challenge,” Mukuhlani added.

“We expect the guys to step up and give the visitors good competition despite having played less competitive cricket that our Indian counterparts. The fact that the IPL is in motion means it’s not only us who have been dormant.”


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