The Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman, Mr Peter Farai Chingoka retired as the Board Chairman and as a Board member on his own accord at the ZC Board meeting of the 24th of July 2014.
In his parting remarks he indicated that his decision was based on the need to have a well defined succession plan in which it had been agreed that a year before his term he would step down and assist the incoming Chairman. He will therefore impart his knowledge based on experience both locally and on the international scene and at times undertake missions assigned by the Board upon request.
The Board immediately appointed Mr Wilson Tatenda Manase as Chairman who has been Vice Chairman for the past 4 years and Mrs Maureen Kuchocha, a Sports degree graduate and administrator as Vice Chairperson. This is in recognition of the steps taken in Women’s Cricket and the need for gender balance.
The Board also looked at the national coaching structures and decided to create the position of National Director of Coaching responsible for development of cricket from grassroots and grooming of coaches. Mr Andy Waller was appointed to the position with immediate effect up to the end of his current contract and subject to renewal.
The Board also appointed Stephen Mangongo as substantive National Team Head Coach with immediate effect and will be in charge of the forthcoming tours to Zimbabwe by South Africa and Australia which include a triangular series.
Other appointments made with immediate effect include a split captaincy as follows: Brendan Taylor as Captain of Test matches whilst Elton Chigumbura will be in charge of the shorter version (One Day Internationals & T20) of the game.
Zimbabwe – 261 for 8 in 50 overs: (Hamilton Masakadza 84, Brendan Taylor 53, Sean Williams 49; Aftab Alam 2/44, Dawlat Zadran 2/49) Afghanistan – 264 for 8 in 49.4 overs: (Javed Ahmadi 56, Usman Ghani 43, Mohammad Nabi 42, Samiullah Shenwari 41; Sean Williams 2/33, Natsai M’shangwe 2/50)
Afghanistan won by 2 wickets.
“It is a historical win for us because this is only the second time for Afghanistan to beat a Full Member country,” that is how Mirwais Ashraf described his side’s victory over Zimbabwe, in their third One-Day International (ODI) match at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Set 262 to win, the tourists reached that with two wickets in hand and two balls to spare.
The “historic” day for Afghanistan began with them winning the toss for the first time. As Zimbabwe had done when they won the toss in the first two ODIs, the tourists opted to field.
Zimbabwe started off on a steady note with openers Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza Butt expected to carry on where they left off in the second ODI on Sunday when they made a record open partnership for Zimbabwe and the country’s highest ever for any wickets – 224 runs.
But it was not to be again this time as Raza, the star of the Zimbabwe batting so far in the tour with an unbeaten 42 in the first ODI and a personal best 141 in the second, was dismissed in the ninth over when he was caught by Nasir Jamal off the bowling of Dawlat Zadran, after making 11 runs.
Masakadza was joined by captain Brendan Taylor and as the two stayed on, it looked like another record – that for the second wicket partnership – was in the making but it was not be as Aftab Alam had Masakadza (84) caught by Nasir Jamal with the partnership on 109, way off Grant Flower and Gavin Rennie’s record of 150!
Masakadza’s 84 which came off 93 balls and included nine fours and two sixes, would be the highest knock for Zimbabwe. Taylor added 53, his 27th ODI half century, and Sean Williams 49.
The rest of the Zimbabwe batsmen were way off, leaving the hosts with 261 runs for eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The Afghanistan chase was led by Javed Ahmadi who made 56 runs before he was bowled by Sikandar Raza Butt for his only wicket of the match. Usman Ghani added 43, Samiullah Shenwari 41 and captain Mohammad Nabi 42 before he fell victim to a run-out.
For Zimbabwe, Williams claimed two wickets for 33 runs in 10 overs and Natsai M’shangwe two for 50 in 10. Waller took one. Zimbabwe and Afghanistan meet in the fourth and final ODI at the Queens Sports Club on Thursday.
The tour will then move to Harare, where Zimbabwe A will play Afghanistan in two four-day matches at the Country Club. The first match begins on the 27th of this month and the second on the 2nd of next month.
Following indifferent performances with the bat by Zimbabwe opener Vusimuzi Sibanda, the latest of which ended with him out for four runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) match against Afghanistan at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Friday, he was left out of the squad for the second ODI which was played yesterday.
Convener of selectors Givemore Makoni sat down with the player and told him that because of his performances, he would not be considered for any of the remaining matches of the series but could remain in Bulawayo and train with the squad. Sibanda then opted to go and work on his game in Harare. Makoni said that after the Afghanistan tour, Sibanda will join the squad for the forthcoming tours by South Africa and Australia so that the selectors can look at him again.
Richmond Mutumbami, who top-scored with 73 runs for Zimbabwe A in their second warm-up one-day match against Afghanistan, has been called into the squad to replace Sibanda.
Afghanistan – 256 for 7 in 50 overs: (Usman Ghani 118, Gulbadin Naib 23*, Sikandar Raza Butt 2/25, Hamilton Masakadza 2/37, Tinashe Panyangara 2/58) Zimbabwe – 257 for 2 in 43.3 overs: (Sikandar Raza Butt 141, Hamilton Masakadza 93)
Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets.
A Zimbabwe record opening partnership by Sikandar Raza Butt and Hamilton Masakadza was the mainstay of the host innings, as they beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in their second One-Day International (ODI), at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
With Vusimuzi Sibanda left out by the selectors following his four runs in the first ODI on Friday as the latest effort in a series of indifferent performances stretching to the last part of last season, Masakadza was moved up to form a new opening partnership for Zimbabwe. And they took to it like the proverbial duck to water. Raza and Masakadza first put up the first ever double-century opening-stand for Zimbabwe, and then stretched that to 224 runs: the highest ever partnership for Zimbabwe for any wicket.
In the process, Raza made his maiden ODI century in the 31st over. It came off 95 balls and included seven fours and six sixes. Crucially for Zimbabwe, he went on to a player-of-the-match award winning performance, before perishing two runs short of victory.
Raza left the score on 255 for two when, attempting one six too many, he was caught by Dawlat Zadran off the bowling of Samiullah Shenwari. He had spent 171 minutes at the crease, during which he made 141 runs from 133 balls, 11 of them fours and seven sixes.
Masakadza was the supporting act. He too looked good for a century but was trapped leg before wicket by Sharafuddin Ashraf, seven runs shy of that feat.
Not so Usman Ghani earlier, after Zimbabwe had won the toss and sent Afghanistan in to bat. Regrettably for the 17-year old, his 118 runs which is the joint equal highest for Afghanistan batsmen, went in vain as wickets continued to fall around him without significant contributions. The next highest effort came from Gulbadin Naib, an unbeaten 23, and next to that 22s from captain Mohammad Nabi and Rahmat Shah.
Raza also starred with the ball, finishing with two wickets for 25 runs in five overs. Hamilton Masakadza also claimed two but for 37 runs in 10 overs and Tinashe Panyangara, who broke the Afghanistan first-wicket partnership of 33 runs when he bowled opener Noor Ali Zadran for 13, two for 58 runs in nine overs. Zimbabwe and Afghanistan meet in the third ODI on Tuesday, at the same venue. The fourth and final ODI will be played on Thursday – also at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. The tour will then move to Harare, where Zimbabwe A will play Afghanistan in two four-day matches at the Country Club. The first match begins on the 27th of this month and the second on the 2nd of next month.