Zimbabwe must overcome the discord in their camp as well as a skill handicap when they take on South Africa in a one-day international triangular series match in Harare on Friday. While Zimbabwe have traditionally struggled against world cricket`s heavyweights, their challenge appears to have become even greater as the players have taken issue with new coach Stephen Mangongo`s methods.
Zimbabwe have axed seamer Tinashe Panyangara from their squad for the one-day international triangular series with South Africa and Australia, accusing the player of being `disruptive` in the build-up to the tournament.
Low, slow, crumbling and likely to get much worse quickly. That was the verdict on the Harare Sports Club pitch from both Zimbabwe and South Africa after the second day`s play in their one-off test yielded just 209 runs in the 90 overs.
Freshly re-installed as the top-ranked Test team in the world, South Africa appear disinclined to take any mercy on their struggling neighbours Zimbabwe when the two teams engage in a rare Test starting on Saturday.
Mark Vermeulen, who admitted burning down Zimbabwe`s cricket academy in 2006 but was acquitted on the grounds of mental illness, has been named in the country`s training squad for matches against South Africa and Australia this month.
Australia will reportedly play against Zimbabwe for the first time in a decade in a one-day international tri-series in August, despite the African nation`s terrible playing standards and shocking cricket mismanagement.
Zimbabwe players are considering whether to play the final one-day international against Pakistan in Harare on Saturday as they protest against the non-payment of salaries by their country`s cricket board.