Give Zim Cricket 3 years: Ntini

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Bon­gani Ndlovu Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

ZIM­BABWE Cricket coach Makhaya Ntini be­lieves his charges are headed in the right di­rec­tion and de­clared that they would be one of the top sides by 2019.

The lo­cal game has been in the woods for more than a decade and a string of poor re­sults against min­nows and In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil as­so­ciate mem­ber Afghanistan un­der­lined the de­cline.

Re­spond­ing to questions from jour­nal­ists about his vi­sion for Zim­babwe Cricket ahead of the first Test match against New Zealand at Queens Spots Club to­day, Ntini said his play­ers don’t like be­ing bunched with min­nows of world cricket.

“I think each and ev­ery player hates be­ing part of those coun­tries that need to qual­ify for them to play at a big­ger stage. My vi­sion is to make sure be­tween now and 2019, Zim­babwe will no longer play qual­i­fiers ahead of a big­ger event,” said Ntini.

He said he was work­ing with his South African com­pa­triot Lance Klusener to get the best out of his team.

“Cricket in Zim­babwe has been ne­glected for some time and those who get the op­por­tu­nity to play for the na­tion take it fully. Since we gath­ered with them, Lance and I have been re­ally push­ing them to the lim­its. We need to have play­ers that don’t only bowl 10 overs and then say I have an in­jury. I told them that they must be hon­est with us be­cause we need to have a team at 100 per­cent to take to the field,” said Ntini.

Turn­ing to to­day’s Test, Ntini said he was geared up.

“I think it’s an hon­our to be hon­est. From where I came from as a ru­ral boy and play­ing Test matches and one-day­ers for South Africa and then com­ing to a coun­try that has needed some­one who has got the pas­sion for the game, not se­lect­ing ac­cord­ing to your name, but se­lect­ing based on po­ten­tial one sees and giv­ing the player the free­dom.

“Hav­ing (cap­tain Graeme) Cre­mer next to me is an hon­our as he played al­most at the same time as me.

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