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Opinion: Woeful is an understatement for Zimbabwe….

I had the unfortunate pleasure of watching the Zim v WI match in the Champions Trophy yesterday…… Zim won the toss and selected to bat first, and I thought that was good because I would be able to see just how good Zim had become in recent times……

Well, both Chibhabha and Masakadza were bowled off deliveries that moved a littel bit, but were nothing exceptional, plus the manner in which they played left a lot of be desired in terms of technique……. Mufombisi did all the “Must Not Do’s” while fending a bouncer, and only a 5 year old would play it like that…… Taylor looked good, but ended up playing a shot straight to the fielder and running, which demonstrates lack of brains …… Chigambura played a shot for 4 showing super talent and control, and then self combusted in Afridi like manner….. Matsikenyri dabbed on a docile looking ball….. Rinke, I am sorry, but his place is in Zim domestic…… either that or he is a specialist last 3 over player……

All in all, Taylor, Masakadza and Chigambura are the only 3 players that I know of from the Zim team who you can call with “World Class potential”….. but they all need the experience in different conditions and need to display more brains than what was on display in the WI game….. and its not like Zim was over confident….. they had just lost 5-0 to this WI team in march, and 2 weeks ago, they were slammed for 400+ runs by South Africa……. so this was a performance given knowing their capabilities and place……

I didnt feel like staying up to watch the Zim bowling, but I have read that there was comic entertainment in that as well…… plus I heard a lot of booing from the crowd as well when Zim was self destructing at 39-6…. not good for a country that is trying to show that they are on the right track….

There are a lot of questions as well in my mind….. why is Vusimuzi Sibanda playing in Australian club cricket? Why was Duffin not selected for this match, when he is the only guy who can act as the slow anchor (which they desperately needed in this match)….. and why was Mupariwa, their best bowler, not picked for this game, though in the context he couldnt have done much…..

All this makes me question a couple of things….. why is the ICC not scheduling games between the associates and Zim? The associates seem to have the best shot against this team, especially in away conditions….

Ireland…… take note….. you have the best chance in the 2007 WC to cause an upset…… by the look of things, it may be an upset if Zim beats Ireland !

This also makes me wonder if the ICC should start taking the political/ social situations of the countries into account before putting them through….. young African countries with white players…… a definite pot boiler …..

Somehow, I still think that this pathetic Zim team will be able to beat Bangaldesh !

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  1. Nishadh Rego
    October 8, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    Yeah quite appalling..and to hear that Taibu has opted to play for Namibia instead..thinks look downhill from here. In my opinion, Bangladesh will set the record straight against Zimbabwe. Their 3-2 loss was nothing more than a fluke. Ireland and Scotland definitely look stronger than Zimbabwe at this point in time. Zimbabwe ought to start playing in the SA Provincial championship as well.

  2. October 9, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Rego,

    Since this was the first match of Zim that I have seen in a year (I was only reading and following the rest in cricinfo etc.) I was very disappointed with their ability………….. the technical flaws were glaring, and the running between the wickets looked immaculately daredevil in the beginning, until it started falling apart with the run outs and it all became a joke…………..

    And to think that Zim thrashed Bermuda and Canada by more than 150 runs in that triangular in the caribbean !!!

    ICC should get Ireland and Scotland to play Zim, and also Zim U19 and Zim A……. if Ireland or Scotland come out tops in all of them, then perhaps the ICC is looking to improve the wrong country……….. this permanent test status should not become a divine law that cannot be rethought………..

  3. Nishadh Rego
    October 9, 2006 at 4:03 am

    Yeah very true..well..Didn’t Ireland beat Zimbabwe a couple of years ago?..and come close to beating England.? We’ll get a good indication of Zimbabwe’s quality in relation to Kenya and Uganda in the Africa Division 1 tournament. Scotland’s tour to Bangladesh should also give us an indication of where those two countries are in relation to the test nations. I think the way ICC has handled both Zimbabwe and Kenya has been disappointing. Do Zimbabwe still get to play Sri Lanka and Bangladesh or are they out of the race straight away?

  4. October 9, 2006 at 6:00 am

    They still get to play both Ban and Srilanka

  5. Peter Snyman
    October 9, 2006 at 8:30 am

    Your comment – “young African countries with white players…… a definite pot boiler” intrigues me greatly. Would you care to elaborate?

  6. Ram
    October 9, 2006 at 8:46 am

    I think it would be interesting to see how Scotland/Ireland/Netherlands fare against Zimbabwe in a 4-day game, leave alone a one-day game given the fragility of Zim….About Bangladesh losing to Zim, I’ve to say that was rather an exception than the rule and it’s more likely that Zim will get thrashed in Bangladesh big time on their forthcoming tour this December…With Zim being suspended from Test status, one hopes the ICC can include them in the Intercontinental Cup from next year onwards…I don’t think Zim can field a Test-level team by then…Can’t understand why Zim are not asked to play any ODIs against the leading Associates given the fact that they don’t have Test status now and hence are relatively more free compared to Bangladesh…

  7. October 9, 2006 at 10:39 am

    Peter….. I think its quite obvious what I am saying…….. what is happenning in Zim is a political/social issue…… cricket is sufferring because of that as the players were all white………….. Nothing can be done about it perhaps, becuase thats the way the internal politics is going……. if there are other countries where there is resentment against whites in one form or the other, and they are the elites playing cricket, and the country by itself as become independent recently (80s or 90s)….. then one should be skeptical about the future of whites in that country….. and perhaps not consider the cricketing infrastrucutre to be stable until the country starts showing indegenous, mainstream ethnicity players as well…….

    Ram….. ICC is planning to bring Zim back into test cricket in Dec 2007, against WI…… not sure if Zim keeps playing like this though…….

    I still have a feeling that Zim will beat Bangladesh……

  8. October 9, 2006 at 11:27 am

    btw Peter….. you may want to read:

    https://nasirkhan.wordpress.com/2006/01/12/is-namibia-a-future-zimbabwe/
    (I wrote this with a bias AGAINST them)

    https://nasirkhan.wordpress.com/2006/08/28/opinion-on-namibia/
    (I wrote this with a bias TOWARDS them)

    If you have agree or disagree, please share your views…..

  9. October 9, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    btw…. I just checked the Zim bowling scorecard and found out that Chigambura bowled 3 of the 15 overs that WI faced…….. I had always wondered why Chigambura was not used as a medium pacer, when he was a decent enough bowler, and definitely better than the spin of Matsikenyri, Masakadza, or the most lollypop bowler, Rinke……..

    Today is Zim v Sri…… Zim may be looking at an early exit from the tournament……… I doubt that they can face off Malinga, Vaas, Murali and Fernando…….

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