Zimbabwe axe coach, captain before India games

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HARARE: Zimbabwe fired national cricket coach Dav Whatmore and captain Hamilton Masakadza Tuesday following their poor showing at the 2016 World Twenty20 tournament in India.

“Head coach Davenell Whatmore has had his contract terminated with immediate effect,” Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Darlington Majonga said in a statement.

Zimbabwe, who failed to get beyond the preliminary round at the World T20, host India in June with three one-day and two T20 internationals scheduled.

Majonga said the sacking followed a review of Zimbabwe’s recent performances.

Bowling coach and former South Africa star Makhaya Ntini takes over from Whatmore on an interim basis while another ex-Protea, Lance Klusener, will be the batting coach, Majonga said.

Former Australia batsman Whatmore was appointed in April last year on a four-year contract.

Born in Sri Lanka, Whatmore coached his native country to the 1996 World Cup title.

“Following the review, the board has also relieved Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza of the captaincy for all three formats of the game,” Majonga said.

“His deputy, Graeme Cremer, will act (as captain) in the interim.”

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