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Zimbabwe sack Whatmore, Masakadza

HARARE: Zimbabwe cricket board has sacked its captain Hamilton Masakadaza and head coach Dave Whatmore for poor performance in World Twenty20 (WT20) in march this ear.

The decision was taken following board’s review of team’s one year performance.

Graeme Cremer and Makhaya Ntini have been given the interim roles of captain and head coach, respectively, while appointing Lance Klusener as batting coach on a two-year contract.

ZC has also restructured the selection panel, which will now consist of a convener, the head coach, and the assistant coach.

Tatenda Taibu, the former Zimbabwe captain, has been appointed convener, and, according to a ZC release, “will have additional responsibilities in development and high performance, and will also assist ZC in bringing former Zimbabwe players back into local cricket.”

The loss of captaincy completes a strange few months for Masakadza: he was dropped in October 2015, then came back, scored heavily and took over the captaincy in all three formats following Elton Chigumbura’s resignation in January.

He had a modest World T20, scoring 20, 12 and 11, and was run-out twice, exemplifying an error-prone Zimbabwe side that failed to reach the Super 10 stage of the tournament. The legspinner Cremer, one of Zimbabwe’s most consistent performers leading up to the World T20, missed the tournament with a fractured left forearm.