Zimbabwe’s coaching staff have until 3pm local time on Friday to resign or be sacked by the board following an unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign. ESPNcricinfo has verified the ultimatum but has yet to confirm whether the staff will stand out or wait for their bosses to fire them. One way or another, all are set to lose their jobs. It has also been reported in the Zimbabwean press that captain Graeme Cremer will be replaced by Brendan Taylor.
In addition to the national coaching staff – head coach Heath Streak, batting coach Lance Klusener, bowling coach Douglas Hondo, fielding coach Walter Chawaguta, fitness coach Sean Bell and team analyst Stanley Chioza – all other coaching staff, including the Under-19 coach Stephen Mangongo will also be booted out.
Streak is the only one with alternative employment at the moment. He was appointed the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach for this year’s edition of the IPL.
The mass purge is mostly a result of Zimbabwe missing out on the 2019 World Cup, after a three-run defeat to UAE in the final Super Six match, but will no doubt also be related to finances. Zimbabwe Cricket is muddling through another monetary crunch, only made worse by the fact that they will not be participating in the World Cup. All ZC staff were only paid 40% of their salaries in February.