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Zimbabwe’s defeat to Namibia described as a new low for the Chevrons

Story by Anashe Murombedzi

THE Zimbabwe national cricket team has left fans dejected after a humiliating T20 series defeat to minnows Namibia in Windhoek.

After saying goodbye to Lalchant Rajput whose reign was littered with nightmares, former skipper Dave Houghton stepped up.

Houghton came at a time when the Zimbabwe National Cricket team was preparing for the 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B and gave the nation reason to believe after the Chevrons posted some impressive results.

Fast forward to the Super Six at the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, the Chevrons began on a promising note stepping closer to qualifying for the global tournament only to fizzle out when they lost to lowly Scotland.

Now the Chevrons have sunk to an all-time low after a 3-2 T20 series defeat to minnows, Namibia.

The lifeless performance has left cricket analysts and fans wondering what the future holds.

“I don’t think playing against Namibia chasing 100 in 20 overs we should talk about key players missing anyone who is playing cricket in Zimbabwe should be able to chase that score to beat Namibia because it is a minnow we should not be going with our guns before the real world. Zimbabwe must always have a chance because in cricket we’re an African giant I hope this is going to be an eye-opener,” said cricket fan, Vivian Banhire.

“I think it is natural that all the cricket fans are disappointed in what has just transpired in Namibia – Zimbabwe losing to that T20 series but it was clear from the beginning that Zimbabwe was using this as a training camp to acclimatise themselves in conditions that non of the players have been into which are very different they’re desert terrain now as we have seen in two games they were capable of 200 and the other time you can hard get the ball off the square but it doesn’t take away the disappointment because you still want to go there and win but it was just a training camp there’s no need to be concerned,” said Cricket analyst, Dean du Plessis.

All hope is not lost as Zimbabwe shifts focus to the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers to be hosted by Namibia.

“We are still a better team on any day we should beat Namibia hopefully they include Muzarabani because we saw that the bowling unit was a disappointment in most of the games I think Ngoni Ngarava and Raza really came to the party so I think the addition of these players also like Wellington Masakadza and Sean Williams will go a long way towards qualifying I do think we have a better chance of qualifying but the guys need to apply themselves it’s not a case of we’re better than this team on paper we can just walk there and do it,” said Cricket analyst, Godwin Mamhiyo.

In the International Cricket Council T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers which get underway on the 20th of November, Zimbabwe will compete alongside hosts Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The regional tournament will be a decider for two African slots at the 2024 ICC men’s T20 World Cup.

The top two teams will book their places at the ICC Men’s T20 World to be co-hosted by the United States of America and the West Indies

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