After failing to qualify for the World Cup, the last couple of weeks has been a nightmare for Zimbabwe Cricket and their fans. To make it even worse, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) have taken a shocking decision on Friday.
Graeme Cremer has been sacked as captain while the coaching staff have been given an ultimatum. In a brief email sent to Streak by Faisal Hasnain on Thursday evening, a copy of which has been seen by online news website Cricbuzz.
ZC’s managing director wrote: “Further to our discussions, please give your technical staff (and yourself included) until 3 PM tomorrow to formally resign. After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect.”
While Streak’s contract is only due to come to an end in October, the majority of his support staff have contracts expiring at the end of May. It is understood that the group, which includes batting coach Lance Klusener, bowling coach Douglas Hondo, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, team analyst Stanley Chiwoza and strength and conditioning coach Sean Bell, have taken legal council in order to determine a response to ZC.
Streak, Klusener, Chawaguta, Bell and James all possess a level three certificate or better, but there are thought to be no more than three other coaches in the country holding an equal qualification. The prospect of luring a foreign coach of good standing will also be more challenging after Zimbabwe failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.