Former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini who has been said to resign from the responsibility of Zimbabwe bowling coach several days earlier, denied doing so and strongly rejected Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) statement in this regard.
During an interview with South African Radio Station 2000, Ntini said he was forced to submit the resignation letter after some cricketers and other coaching staff expressed dissatisfaction over his coaching method.
The prolific Proteas seamer said, “The honest truth is that I didn’t resign. I received a text message from the MD, saying that he would like to talk to me. The first thing that he mentioned, he reminded me that we had a chat about four months ago regarding some of the players’ unhappiness.”
“Some of the players and the staff members went to see him and reported that they are not happy with the job I am doing and that the job that I was given was not meant for me.”
“I don’t regret anything about me going to Zimbabwe. When I took a decision of going to Zimbabwe, I knew what was needed,” he further added.
Makhaya Ntini took the bowling charge of Zimbabwe national cricket team in 2016 under a two year contract.
Earlier Zimbabwe Cricket released a statement saying, “It is with regret that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announces that Makhaya Ntini, the National Team Bowling Coach, has tendered his resignation from ZC, with immediate effect.”
“While reluctantly accepting his resignation, ZC fully appreciates and respects the reasons behind Makhaya’s decision, and wishes him all the very best for the future,” it concluded.