When ZIM famously lost to Kenya in '03
, Andy, Grant, AC and Wishart all batted in the top 4. Grant and Marillier were 5th and 6th change bowlers.
When ZIM famously lost to Bangladesh in '04
, Grant and Carlisle were in the top 3, and the next most trusted Taibu was at 4. Grant bowled at 6th change after Ray Price.
However, in a crucial CWC qualifier, against lowly UAE, a batsman who has been paid a ridiculous amount of money, batted at number 4, with Williams, Raza and Ervine - all considered the "best batsmen Zimbabwe cannot do without" at 5, 6 and 7 respectively. IN A MATCH REDUCED TO 40 OVERS
!!! Cremer - captain and champion bowler of the side - bowled at 5th change, after Raza - in the 16th over with UAE 75/1! Rain forecasted
for the match, early wickets crucial.
Where is the structure, clarity and accountability in that when you go on to continue to do the same against IRE and NED? It could be argued that combined, the ZIM side that lost to UAE had the better 7 batsmen compared to both those sides.
I have never ever seen such utter stupidity tolerated and condoned as much as this forum does on that UAE disaster. You would never have this attitude towards your NZ, IND, AUS and ENG, and neither would your journalists and analysts. It was downright rank foolishness and cowardice by the guilty players, who should all hang their heads in shame.
And I can never ever accept anyone trying to blame ZC - Board and Individuals for such nonsense. Never!
Imagine a foolish shop assistant or floor worker bieng foolish and reckless in Social media - it goes viral, the brand takes a hit, stocks fall, big customers disassociate themselves, but fingers are pointed at the leadership. What PR management and action when the employee is entitled to labour laws and rights? It's the digital age, horse has bolted!
So let's be realistic here. Mlotshwa, Kirsty Coventry, Dave Ellman-Brown and Vince Hogg knew Taylor and Jarvis were on huge sums of money, they were brought over to secure two worlds cups, one has already failed with plenty money lost, and now the 2nd one was more promising, plus some seniors were in any case likely to leave after the CWC Qualifiers failed or following the inevitable disappointing CWC if they qualified. And what did they do? They deliberately endangered that very program.
ZIM who just beat a decent T20 side away in AFG (and strongly pushed both AFG & BD in all games), should've been playing top cricket against a quality side like India plus the quaifiers - with their top T20 batsmen Mire, Hami and Elton in that XI alongside the others, not losing to Singapore & Nepal with Chatara and Taylor rested!
Mukuhlani is not responsible for that, and you can try and argue that fact for centuries but that is a FACT and TRUTH!
You all know fully well how much ZIM get from ICC, yet you can't individually draw up your own spreadsheet and factor in fat international player salaries, domestic player salaries, expenses rentals, other franchise/province grants etc, inward and outward tours, lack of sponsorship and TV rights, highly reduced admin packages, controlled loan repayments, - all for close to 3 years now, plus top support given to the pampered players who pick and choose which domestic games to play, and yet you still want to just point fingers about hands in the cookie jar and poor management with proof of nothing, not even a reasonable estimate or projection in your head?
3 years in a long time, so is 2yrs for the exorbitant returning guys. What is their excuse? Mukhuhlani? Bvute and Chingoka make Jarvis and Chatara concede 11rpo at the death against low opposition? Williams score 2, 0, 2, and spinners bowl first after heavy rain on a wet pitch?
If I'm a troll, racist or ZC sympathiser for such views then so be it. You know better. What can I possibly argue with people who believe dropping Raza who has an International T20 Strike Rate of 105 batting at an Avg of 13 with just one 50 in 30 innings, and has collected just 11 wickets at a SR of 0 wickets per innings leaks 8rpo - against exclusively junk opposition is a disaster when dropped because he is one of ZIM's best players
, but Chigumbura with a fabulous record and just a month older than him, considered old, spent and a burden that must go, despite just winning you a match which has been rare lately; and Kasuza/Roy Kaia less deserving of same 30 junk inninings.
Turns out, under-19s who displayed vague promises compared Jongwe, Mavuta and Mashinge, offer higher probabilities of success than than they do. Again who am I to argue. Let's move on.
Voice of reason.