Taylor believes his team were nowhere near their best during the World Twenty20
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was extremely disappointed with his team’s performance during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, branding them as “sloppy” and “below par”.
Zimbabwe, who were placed in Group C with South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka, were knocked out from the tournament after losing both their matches.
“We came here to win games, and to end on the note we have is very disappointing, the sun comes up tomorrow, and unfortunately we head home. There’s a long way to go for us and there’s a lot of cricket to be played next year. We just want to keep trying to improve and improve in different conditions,” Taylor said.
Taylor also called on his team to start improving their performances in all aspects of the game.
“We went wrong in all three departments. We dropped chances and were sloppy in the field, leaked runs with the ball and didn’t score many runs with the bat, you’re not going to win games than that. All in all our cricket was way below par, and against quality opposition you’re not going to stand a chance,” Taylor added.
Wishing that the team could have one more chance to show their true strength, Taylor said: “We’d love a couple more games just to prove that we are a far better side. But that’s not to be. World Cups are tough cricket, but we’ll go home with our heads held high and bounce back strongly next time the World Cup comes around. It’s always a learning curve for us, so we’ll take something out of it.”
In the past few months, Zimbabwe cricket has been hit with a major dispute between players and the cricket board over the controversial policy of racial quotas.
In 2006 to 2011 Zimbabwe exiled themselves from Test cricket since they were no match for any of the other international cricketing nations, but after making their return to the longer format, they surprised a lot of people by beating Bangladesh in their comeback Test, before refusing to go down without a fight in series against Pakistan and New Zealand.
Zimbabwe will now be preparing for the upcoming home series against Pakistan, which will be comprised of two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.