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Stop the Rot in Zimbabwe Cricket

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In the light of the below average performance by the boys on the field (currently evident from the New Zealand Tour of Shame), the dubious selection decisions and the lack of development for the sport in Zimbabwe, we have decided that enough is enough and we demand the following urgent reforms: 1. An open trial exercise for current and prospective players for, say, a week, two weeks or even a month. Final selection to the team should be adequately justified by evidence such as performance statistics, experience and knowledge of the game. 2. The immediate resignation of the Selection Committee and CEO of ZC. 3. The repealing of the Draconian Laws that prevent players playing abroad to be considered for selection; case in point Vusi Sibanda. 4. Declaration of all income and all assets by all players and staff followed by a quarterly audit review to ensure financial cleanliness and eliminate the risk of match-fixing. 5. Undertaking of mandatory exercises that include learning and practicing the National Anthem in all languages to those selected to represent the country. Cricket should not be run like a private business in Zimbabwe. It is a national sport with supporters behind it. 6. A comprehensive strategy on the development of cricket in underprivileged areas with clear budgets and timelines and should be open for public discussion. 7. A 30% public vote for the Captain and Coaches of the team. 8. Re-introduction of meaningful incentives for the players. 9. The alleged lack of discipline by some players wherein they report late for training should be punishable for appropriate disciplinary action which should lead to dismisal. 10. Contracts should be tied to performance and a regular review conducted. Augmented by the frequent search for talent, this ensures we have the best players in the team.

10.  We cringe everytime someone from the team has to partake in a pre-match or post-match interview because either the grammar is so bad or they do not demonstrate convincing knowledge of the sport.  This could be a comprehension issue which the ZC can assist players with.  We suggest leadership/confidence building courses for the players.


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