Chevrons head coach, Lalchand Rajput has expressed disappointment with his players, saying they were not hungry for victory.
This follows the Zimbabwe national senior men’s cricket team’s humiliating whitewash suffered at the hands of Afghanistan in the Dafabet 3 One Dayers series.
“That hunger is still not there, I come from India and we are hungry to win every game. We hate losing to be honest. The players have to be a little hungrier. If you hate losing, automatically you start winning,” said the former Afghanistan head coach.
The Chevrons displayed horror shows during the series, failing to collect vital points for the ICC Super League.
The whitewash leaves Zimbabwe languishing in 12th position in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings with 35 points in 15 games, a point above bottom placed Netherlands, who have played the same number of games.
The visitors reached 100 points after they secured 30 points with the whitewash, and moved up the ladder to second position above powerhouses England, India and Australia.
The defeat means Zimbabwe lost further ground on getting direct qualification to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. The top eight teams in the Super League gain direct qualification to the World Cup whilst the other nations will have to square off in qualifiers for the two remaining spots.
Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Cricket Supporters Union, Vivian Banhire said the team that played against Afghanistan was the weakest Zimbabwean side that he had ever seen in the last 15 years, adding the fans would ask for answers from the coach, the board and the players.
“The team that is playing against Afghanistan is the weakest team. The players playing do not have the fight, they do not have anything in them. They do not deserve to be playing for Zimbabwe. As the fans we are not going to watch that, we are going to ask for answers from the board, technical team and the players if they’re ready to play international cricket,” said Banhire.
Banhire added that the fans were always eager to rally behind the team and urged the boys to improve on their performances.
“We do not want to be humiliated, please pick up your selves, pull up your socks as fans we are ready to support you,” he added.
After the Afghanistan tour, Zimbabwe are set to host the T20 qualifiers in Bulawayo with the top two teams getting tickets for the T20 World Cup in Australia later in the year.