The players were asked to attend the meeting which was held at Harare Sports Club without any knowledge of the agenda. At the meeting the board expressed its displeasure at the team’s disappointing performances.
The national cricket team has attracted a barrage of criticism after defeats in all formats of the game during their recent tour to New Zealand.
What irked many fans and stakeholders was the manner of defeat rather than the results themselves. Zimbabwe offered little resistance and folding in meek fashion.
“The board communicated with us through email and text messages that we should come for the meeting,” said one of the players. “We were not aware of what was on the agenda but we were not surprised to learn that it was to do with our performances. We were told that we should improve on our performances; that was the main thing really. As players we had no input, neither did we offer any excuses.”
The meeting was between the board and the players and none of the technical staff or selectors attended.
Zimbabwe lost the Test match against New Zealand by an innings and 301 runs after being bowled out twice in a single day; something only they and New Zealand have achieved in the game’s history.
They lost all of the three 50-over matches emphatically before putting up a better fight in the T-20s which they however lost as well.
The players will be back in action again next month when they start fitness work ahead of the new international season which starts in June. — Staff Writer.