Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to West Indies 2012-13
Tour ofWest Indies 2012-13 Captain: Brendon Taylor
Zimbabwe’s 23rd Test tour
Third Test-playing tour of West Indies by Zimbabwe
(February - March 2013)
Zimbabwe’s Cricket Committee recommended that the management structure on tour should in future consist of the head and assistant coach, an analyst, a physiotherapist and a manager appointed on a tour-by-tour basis. On Facebook captain Brendon Taylor regretted that the team would be without the guidance of specialist coaches Heath Streak and Grant Flower
Having been hammered in the first one-day international, Zimbabwe competed worthily in the second match, but feebly in the rest, and could not prevent a ‘whitewash’ in the limited-overs series. The Test series proved to be a complete mismatch. The Zimbabwe batsmen could score only one fifty in four completed team innings.In short it was a disastrous tour.
Zimbabwe’s Cricket Committee recommended that the future management structure should consist of the head and assistant coach, an analyst, a physiotherapist and a manager appointed on a tour by tour basis.
Batting coach Grant Flower, bowling coach Heath Streak and fitness trainer Lorraine Chivandire did not travel to the Caribbean because of financial concerns and in order to accommodate more players.
Givemore Makoni (convener of selectors),…..
A provisional 24-man training squad was announced in January 2013.
Former captain Elton Chigumbura was not included owing to his poor form.
Tour Party Announced :29 January 2013.
Not selected : Cuthbert Musoko, Tinashe Panyangara, Edward Rainsford, Brian Vitori, Nathan Waller from the provisional training groupwere not included in either ODI or Test tour squads ;Ray Price
Time between selection and departure from Zimbabwe
(29 January to 16 February)
Staring on Monday 4 February all the players went into a two-week training camp apart from Kyle Jarvis, who was playing in New Zealand, and Brendon Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza, who were in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Fourteen players for the one-day internationals and five officials left Harare on Saturday 16 February and arrived in Grenada (Point Salines International Airport) on Sunday 17 February.
Brendan Taylor who had arrived home from Bangladesh on the previous Thursday evening was unwell with a viral infection and did not leave Harare until 19 February after he had passed a stringent test supervised by the fitness trainer, Lorraine Chivandere. Hamilton Masakadza was able to fly out with the main team.
For the Test matches, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Ray Price and Graeme Cremer left Zimbabwe on Sunday 3 March, joining the team at the end of the one-day series.
Time spent in West Indies
(17 February - 25 March )
On-tour selection panel
Alan Butcher (coach),Brendon Taylor (captain),Stephen Mangongo (assistant coach)
•Ervine, Masakadza and Sibanda all scored fifties as Zimbabwe raised a competitive total in the 2nd ODI.
•Mawoyo reached 50 in the first Test at Bridgetown but this was Zimbabwe’s highest score of the series.
•His opening partner Vusi Sibanda got a start in every Test innings, scoring12, 15, 32, 35.
•Kyle Jarvis with 5-54 in the West Indies’ 1st innings reduced West Indies to 150 for 6 before a century stand.
Other first-class match
� Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
⊕ Twenty 20 internationals
Return to Zimbabwe
Four members of the limited-overs squad - Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha, Tino Mutombodzi and Natsai M'shangwe - returned home after the ODIs and T20s.
The team left the Caribbean on 25 March.
Time away from Zimbabwe
(16 February to 26 March )
Accounts of the tour
The Zimbabweans’ tour of West Indies was a complete failure and there were really no signs that things would get much better. However, with Test series against Bangladesh and Pakistan coming up in the next few months, the players had an immediate chance of making some improvement under new coach Andy Waller.
Alan Butcher’s term as coach came to an end. He had taken on the task in 2010 of putting Zimbabwe cricket back on its feet in Test cricket but was hampered by a severe lack of resources. The best players continued to drift away for a more secure future elsewhere meaning that he was always overseeing an inexperienced team.