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Cricket debacle: an objective piece for once

IT was really revealing to read an inspired and for once objective piece by Herald deputy sports editor Lawrence Moyo after the atrocious performance by the Zimbabwe cricket team early this week.



na, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>I couldn’t believe my eyes at first when I read Moyo appearing to agree that our beloved team is tainting the image of Test cricket. It was really unbelievable. Why? Because Moyo and his colleagues are to blame for having always gone the “patriotic” way when some of us called for wholesome changes in local cricket.


Moyo, who has always been the Zimbabwe Cricket journalist of the year probably since he started writing, made a confession in the following paragraphs:


“Last month former English Test batsman Geoff Boycott advocated the end of Test status for Zimbabwe and Bangladesh while delivering the annual Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s – the home of cricket.


“Now a controversial television commentator, Boycott criticised the International Cricket Council for keeping Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the Test arena saying the two countries ‘devalued’ the game.


“The ICC should be ashamed of themselves,” he said, “for allowing the devaluation of Test cricket to continue. My mum would have scored runs and got wickets against Bangladesh.


“They are an embarrassment to Test cricket. Nobody wants to see it (one-sided Test cricket) and the vast accumulation of runs against them does nothing for the game.”


“Boycott’s advocacy was based on the fact that Bangladesh have won only one Test since being awarded full-member status by the ICC in 2000 and that was against Zimbabwe while Zimbabwe’s cricket team was said to have been decimated after ‘a row between players and officials’.


“We thought Boycott’s assessment bordered on racism and dismissed it as cheap talk while the cricket community in Bangladesh advised the veteran critic to concentrate of giving batting analysis during matches.


“We thought his position on Zimbabwe was not fair given that they had been fielding a team full of inexperienced teenagers who needed at least two more years to be fully competitive and we wanted him to wait for the New Zealand tour now that experienced players had returned to the fold.”


However, the Herald scribe, who has been the face of the official stance regarding the rot in local cricket circles, fell short of acknowledging the origins of this shameful record by the Zimbabwe team.


It is all a result of the leadership crisis that rocked the game last year. The architects of that moment of madness are still up and about – in charge of the gentlemen’s game, never mind the so-called return of the rebels. It’s the other side of the same coin.


Itai Dzamara,

Gaborone.

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