28 September 2012

Zimbabwe: Back to the Drawing Board for Cricket

ZIMBABWE'S woeful performance at the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 comes under review in the next two weeks when the cricket committee meets.

As the nation searches for ways to revamp the team the committee, led by former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell, will meet to review the tournament and come up with ways to make sure results improve in future.

Campbell yesterday confirmed the meeting adding that while the World Cup would most likely dominate discussion, they will also look at the domestic season ahead.

"The date has not yet been confirmed but it will be in the next two weeks. We need to review the World Cup perfomance, the Under-19 and other aspects of the game ahead of the domestic season," said Campbell.

"The meeting is not necessarily a knee-jerk reaction to the T-20 World Cup but we will need to pay particular attention to that and get input on ways we can improve cricket in Zimbabwe."

Zimbabwe lost its first match to hosts Sri Lanka by 82 runs before being sent packing after a 10-wicket loss to South Africa.

Analysts feel local players have not been sufficiently exposed to regional and international cricket.

Before their tour of New Zealand, which ended in January, the team was mostly confined to Bangladesh tours in the past decade.

Zimbabwe lost all matches to the Black Caps despite putting up a brave fight in the Test match and also the One Day International series at home last year.

Both Pakistan and Bangladesh were scheduled to tour Zimbabwe in November and August this year but postponed the tour with new dates yet to be agreed on.

Zimbabwe's next tour will be to the West Indies next year. The coaches have lamented the limited amount of cricket the players were exposed to prior to the World Cup.

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