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Chief selector Taibu sees light at the end of the tunnel
by Bipin Dani


Ground:Harare Sports Club, Harare
Scorecard:Zimbabwe v India
Player:T Taibu, M Ntini
Event:India in Zimbabwe 2016

DateLine: 15th June 2016

 

Mumbai, June 15 : Zimbabwe's acting coach Makhaya Ntini had expressed his desire to 'hang himself on a tomato tree'. This was after his team's pathetic performance against India in the first two ODI matches.

 

The new chief selector Tatenda Taibu, however, could still show a brave face.

 

"I have been through a lot in my life that this series does not even make me put a sad face. You will understand better when my autobiography comes out", he said over telephone from London, where he has been following the matches over TV.

 

"I believe I can put a few bricks to help Zimbabwe out of this situation", he said minutes after his team lost four wickets in four consecutive balls.

 

"We have started digging the foundation already. When a building is being constructed, the foundation is dug and then cement is put. The people passing by say what an ugly scene it is looking like. But the beauty of the building can be seen once the finishing touch is given".

 

"The plan for rebuilding the team is safe and secured in my mind. I have concern for our cricket not only in my mind but in heart too".

 

Zimbabwe team made five changes for the final ODI.

 

"It is simple. We are looking for a group of players that will raise their hands to get into the ship which will bring Zimbabwe team up and a chance has to be given to all players available. We want to get to a stage where 80% players pick themselves into the team", he added.

 

Taibu is likely to return to Zimbabwe next month. It means he will miss watching the T20 games.

 

"I would have loved to be there but because of my prior commitments I can't move out from here. India has always had a special place in my heart and would visit India when the opportunity arises", he signed off.

 

(Article: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author only.
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