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Zimbabwe Cricket have stripped Graeme Cremer of the captaincy and sacked all members of the coaching staff following the team’s disappointing performance in the World Cup Qualifiers.
The board had given Cremer and the coaching staff until 3pm on Friday to resign from their respective positions as the national team failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
With Cremer no longer captain, reports indicate that Brendan Taylor, who held the post prior to signing a Kolpak deal, will be named his successor.
Head coach Heath Streak, batting coach Lance Klusener, bowling coach Douglas Hondo, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, fitness coach Sean Bell and team analyst Stanley Chioza have all been removed from their positions.
Zimbabwe A coach Wayne James, Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo and convener of selectors Tatenda Taibu also suffered the same fate.
In an email sent to Streak on Thursday, Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain wrote: “Further to our discussions, please give your technical staff (and yourself included) until 3pm tomorrow to formally resign. After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect.”
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Streak conceded that he was disappointed with the board’s decision to sack him.
“For everything I have given Zimbabwe Cricket, as a former player and a coach, to be given an email with no full explanation or even the courtesy of a hearing is something I didn’t expect,” Streak said. “I understand that every coach’s tenure will come to an end, but we should at least have been given the chance to give our comments and ask some questions. I was looking to take the team to the World T20 in 2020.”
Interestingly, Zimbabwe’s win percentage under streak was 37.5 percent, which is significantly higher than the 22.6 percent they recorded between April 2014 and October 2016.