Zimbabwe sack Whatmore, captain Masakadza; Ntini named interim coach

PTI, May, 31 2016

Harare: Zimbabwe on Tuesday sacked coach Dav Whatmore and captain Hamilton Masakadza and named former South Africa pacer Makhaya Ntini and Graeme Cremer as interim coach and captain of the side ahead of their limited-overs series against India, starting 11 June.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) said the changes were made keeping in mind the team's poor performance in the ICC World Twenty20.

Dav Whatmore. Getty

Dav Whatmore. Getty

Zimbabwe crashed out in the preliminary stage of the ICC World Twenty20.

Bowling coach Ntini will take over the charge as interim coach from Australian Whatmore, who was handed a four-year contract in April 2015.

"Head coach Davenell Whatmore has had his contract terminated with immediate effect. Bowling coach Makhaya Ntini has taken over in an acting capacity until the appointment of a substantive head coach," a statement from ZC said.

"The board has also relieved Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza of the captaincy for all three formats of the game. His deputy, Graeme Cremer, will act in the interim," it added.

Zimbabwe have also signed former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener as batting coach for two years.

Zimbabwe will play India in three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals, starting 11 June at the Harare Sports Club.

Published Date: May 31, 2016 | Updated Date: May 31, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115