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Zim Cricket to launch inquiry over poor performance in NZ

The losses drew the ire of minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture David Coltart, who called for a re-think in local cricket.

ZC managing director Ozias Bvute said the association would try to get to the root of what really happened in New Zealand.

“We fully understand the minister’s frustration both as the relevant authority of sport and as a cricket fan. The performance of our team in New Zealand has been a disappointment to us and indeed, to the nation as a whole.

“It would not be proper to try to find excuses as to what went wrong save to apologise to the nation and ensure our supporters that a full inquiry into our shortcomings will be made,” he said.

On the non inclusion of Vusi Sibanda from the team that is touring New Zealand, Bvute said  the player was advised of the association’s policy before he went to Australia.

“Our standard policy is that we provide no objection to players spending time abroad to improve their game and the practice is even encouraged by the board. The condition however, is that the player fulfills a certain number of games in our league.

“The reasoning behind this is that should senior players be allowed to travel abroad without restriction, there would invariably never be any seasoned cricketers in the country and the role they play in imparting experience to younger players and improving the level of the game is valuable,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe cricket team’s blues in New Zealand continued as they lost their opening Twenty20 international in Auckland by seven wickets yesterday.

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