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Zimbabwe Cricket have announced that they have sacked Stephen Mangongo as the national team’s head coach.
The decision, which comes just eight weeks before the 2015 World Cup, was taken after Zimbabwe were whitewashed 3-0 and 5-0 in their recently concluded Test and ODI series against Bangladesh.
While no replacement has been named, Zimbabwe Cricket will hold interviews next week and reveal the new head coach after Christmas.
“The ZC board has decided to relieve Stephen Mangongo of his duties as head coach with immediate effect,” Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Wilson Manase said. “After our Bangladesh tour we decided to conduct an investigation into what happened and also to look at our structures because we needed to move forward and wanted to ensure that the stakeholders and ourselves are satisfied that what we are doing is enhancing the performance on the field.
“Today we held a board meeting to consider the reports coming from the cricket committee and what we have come up with is that we need a bit of restructuring of our technical team.”
Mangongo has now been put in charge of the Under-19 side since Zimbabwe Cricket believe that he is “good at identifying talent”.
“Stephen has been pivotal in developing the game of cricket,” Manase said. “He delivered. Against Bangladesh we won the series last year and against Australia we won a match which was good. But what we seek is consistency. Because we are going to the World Cup, we need to be very astute in what we are doing.”