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ZIMBABWE national senior team coach Stephen Mangongo faces the axe after the country suffered humiliation in the just ended tour of Bangladesh, losing the tests and five one day internationals.

Wilson Manase, the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman, said they would meet with the technical team upon their return from Asia.

“For now, we cannot say what action we will take before we meet them,” Manase told a press conference in Harare on Tuesday afternoon

“They will present their report and we decide from there whether to crack the whip or beef up the technical team, if need be.”

Mangongo has been under fire for his military approach to handling players.

However he has argued that he needs a batting coach and bowling coach after ZC decided against renewing the contracts of Heath Streak and Grant Flower.

Streak is now in Bangladesh as bowling coach while Flower is batting coach for Pakistan and results for both teams have improved tremendously in the last two months with Pakistan thrashing Australia.

Manase also announced the current managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa, who has no playing experience, will be moved to the position of chief operations officer, basically in charge of administration and finances.

Alistair Campbell, the former national team captain and chairman of the cricket committee, is tipped to become the new MD.

“The new MD will be in charge of playing matters,” said Manase.

“This is how cricket worldwide has evolved; we need people with experience because we are losing too many games and we will not be an attractive brand anytime soon.

“We will make the announcements in due course.”

Mangongo is not a fan of Campbell though, with the coach having criticised his (Campbell’s) view that experienced former cricketers are needed at the helm of ZC.

In an interview with a Bangladesh paper on Monday after the fifth ODI loss, Mangongo said: "Well, Alistair Campbell is a former captain and he is entitled to his own opinion. Zimbabwe is a democratic country so he had his opinion.

“However we must also remind that in the past we had former cricketers in the staff and we haven't won that many games, so I hope he hasn't forgotten that when he made that statement.

“We had Grant Flower as part of the coaching staff, we had Heath Streak as part of the staff, and we were losing to teams like Hong Kong and all those guys.


"So I don't understand where it is coming from. I am sure the Zimbabwe Cricket Union will always endeavour as much personnel to help the boys.

“But we also need to be realistic because we've got financial problems and Zimbabwe cricket works within the finances. That is a fact."

Mangongo admitted he was disappointed with the ODI series defeat and regretted the manner in which his side conceded dominant positions, particularly in the fourth ODI which they lost by 21 runs.

He, however, held Bangladesh in high regard, particularly their performances at home.

"I think it was disappointing to lose the series 5-0, because we had opportunities to win a couple of games," he said.

"At least we should have won the last game which we lost by 21 runs, that's disappointing because we had a chance for a victory but we couldn't. We also must
give credit to Bangladesh.

"They [Bangladesh] were resolute, they had the killer instinct, when they had us down they finished us. They executed their skills better and yes, the better team won the series and it is not all gloom and doom."

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