Zimbabwe wield axe after Afghanistan draw

ZIMBABWE STAR: Brendan Taylor.
ZIMBABWE STAR: Brendan Taylor.

Major changes to Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), with test skipper Brendan Taylor losing the one-day role and coach Andy Waller becoming the newly-created director of coaching, were announced by the ZC board overnight.

The changes came on the day Zimbabwe suffered a crushing 100-run defeat by Afghanistan with the ODI series ending in a disappointing 2-2 draw for the home side.

Taylor's replacement in the ODI and Twenty20 format was Elton Chigumbura while assistant coach Stephen Mangongo moved up to replace Waller, whose last game in charge was Thursday's defeat.

Mangongo led the side as caretaker last year before the appointment of Waller.

''The board decided to create the position of national director of coaching responsible for development of cricket from grassroots and grooming of coaches,'' a ZC statement said.

''Andy Waller was appointed to the position with immediate effect up to the end of his current contract and subject to renewal.''

Mangongo's first task would be to prepare the team for a one-off home test against South Africa starting on August 9, before Zimbabwe welcome Australia for a triangular ODI series also involving the Proteas later in the month.

Long-serving ZC chairman Peter Chingoka also stepped down on Thursday after 22 years at the helm of the game in the country.

Chingoka has been criticised in the past for the way he managed the board's finances, particularly a US$6 million (NZ$7m) loan from the International Cricket Council.

Vice-chairman Wilson Manase has taken interim charge of the board until elections were held to appoint a full-time successor.

Reuters