ZC axes selection panel

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Cricket national team coach Davenell “Dav” Whatmore will select the training squad.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has axed all the national selectors as the organisation continues with its restructuring exercise.

By Kevin Mapsure

Cricket national team coach Davenell “Dav” Whatmore will select the training squad.

Cricket national team coach Davenell “Dav” Whatmore will select the training squad.

Convenor of selectors Kenyon Ziehl, David Mutendera and Walter Chawaguta were all relieved of their duties following a ZC board deliberation at a meeting two weeks ago.

The board is set to appoint a new group of selectors that joins national team coach Davenell “Dav” Whatmore and captain Hamilton Masakadza on the panel.

Some of the changes that are expected include splitting national team captaincy where Hamilton Masakadza is set to lead the Test side, while Graeme Cremer is to be elevated to skipper to the one-day side.

It is likely that Chawaguta could bounce back in the new selection panel set-up and probably to take over as the convenor.

Ziehl was appointed last year taking over from Givemore Makoni who had been promoted to a managerial role in the development department.

ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa yesterday confirmed that the organisation was reviewing the selection panel.

“The board has put the selection panel on hold,” Mukondiwa said. “The board is constantly looking at ways that they can improve the organisation and cricket in Zimbabwe. Time and again the board reviews how the organisation is operating and the selection panel is one area that has been reviewed. Once the process is complete and a new panel has been appointed an announcement will be made.”

The national team is currently preparing for their incoming series against India where three One Day Internationals and the same number of T-20 Internationals will be played at the Harare Sports Club from June 11.

The squad went through strength and conditioning exercises last week and played some practice matches this week.

The coach has requested a 10-day training camp in Bulawayo and Mukondiwa said the technical team has been asked to come up with a reduced squad that will go into camp on Wednesday.

Whatmore and bowling coach Makhaya Ntini will take up the selection role for that squad but by the time the India tour begins a new selection panel will be in place.

The practice matches have seen former Under-19 national team batsman Ryan Burl making a strong case for selection after scoring a century while coming just short of a half-ton in the other match.

Vusi Sibanda also scored a century as did Malcolm Waller in a match that was played on Wednesday.

Sikandar Raza Butt who has missed training could miss out on the India tour.

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