Lance Klusner Steps Down as Zimbabwe’s Batting Coach
After coming to a peaceful understanding with the board, former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has resigned as Zimbabwe’s batting coach with immediate effect. After previously serving as Zimbabwe’s batting coach from 2016 to 2018. Klusener rejoined the country’s coaching staff in March of this year.
It should be noted that in March 2021, Klusener accepted a contract to serve as the batting coach for the Zimbabwe team. From 2019 till the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in 2021, Klusener also served as Afghanistan’s head coach.
Reason for Leaving the Role of Batting Coach
According to Klusener’s agency the decision, was made because the illustrious cricketer is currently exploring for coaching positions in other countries, which would hinder his availability for the Zimbabwe team.
Zimbabwe Cricket’s Managing Director Givemore Makoni after the announcement stated that “We are grateful to Lance for everything he has contributed during his time with us, including helping us to qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 which gets underway in Australia in a few days.”
He further went on to say that “Unfortunately, due to his pressing commitments elsewhere, he could not continue with us on a full-time basis and we agreed it was in the best interests of both parties to terminate his contract. We wish him the best as he pursues new endeavors,”
Zimbabwe Recent Past
In their final international encounter, Zimbabwe defeated the Men in Yellow in the third One-Day International of the three-match series. Zimbabwe had hosted the Indian team for three ODIs prior to the historic victory, which they ultimately lost 3-0.
Zimbabwe came quite close to winning the final game against India. But Indian bowlers maintained their composure, hence they lost it. Sikandar Raza, a seasoned all-rounder, recently made history. By being the first player from Zimbabwe to get the ICC Men’s Player of the Month title.
What’s next for Zimbabwe Cricket?
In the first round, the top two teams will advance to the Super 12 stage. Zimbabwe grouped alongside the West Indies, Ireland, and Scotland (as well as Scotland), in Group B of the qualifiers. Zimbabwe’s first match is on October 17 against Ireland in Hobart.
Zimbabwe Squad for T20 World Cup 2022
Craig Ervine Craig, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Clive, Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Sean Williams.
Standbys: Tanaka Chivanga, Innocent Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Victor Nyauchi.
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