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Zimbabwe show coaching staff the door, Graeme Cremer to lose captaincy

Zimbabwe failed to secure qualification for ICC World Cup 2019 and the national cricket team is set to face fresh turmoil

cricket Updated: Mar 30, 2018 23:21 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Harare
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The Zimbabwe cricket team faces fresh turmoil after failure to clinch qualification for ICC World Cup 2019.(AP)

Heath Streak has been asked to step down as Zimbabwe coach or face dismissal after the team failed to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Zimbabwe, which hosted the qualification competition which ended last week, failed to secure two of the slots, which were taken by West Indies and Afghanistan.

It will be the first time Zimbabwe will not be playing in the Cricket World Cup since 1983, a development that has raised alarm in the African country, with fear rife that the game will go downhill.

Streak learned of his fate through a letter from Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Faisal Haisnan, who said the former national captain must resign together with his entire staff, including batting coach Lance Klusener, the former South Africa allrounder.

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They were told to hand in their resignation by Friday afternoon.

“After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect,” Haisnan, a former ICC finance chief, wrote.

Streak, who was appointed in October 2016 to qualify Zimbabwe, has refused to resign, daring the board to sack him.

Captain Graeme Cremer and head of selectors Tatenda Taibu are believed to be next in the firing line.

Experienced batsman and wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor, who returned to international cricket late last year following a stint in English County cricket, is being persuaded to take over the captaincy for a second spell.

First Published: Mar 30, 2018 22:58 IST